Turkeys were domesticated in Mexico by around 800 B.C. Fast-forward to today and Mexico is still one of the top five turkey consuming countries in the world.
Mexico imported nearly 413,000 pounds of turkey from the United States in 2012, according to the National Turkey Federation.
Data from the advocacy group found Mexico is the top country for American turkey exports followed by Canada, China, Russia and South Korea.
"What (we are seeing with Mexico) is that they prefer our dark meat," said Kimmon Williams a spokeswoman for the NTF. "Americans tend to prefer white meat. And in Mexico and...other foreign nations they prefer the dark meat of the turkey.”
The United States is number one in the world for turkey consumption followed by Canada, the European Union, Brazil, and Mexico, Williams said.
U.S. turkey exports brought is nearly $680 million in 2012, according to the NTF.