Perhaps I am alone in what was my ignorance on ‘the Pope’s Nose’…late Friday evening on the investigation, a group of us sat…tired, punch drunk, and as in those times the conversation drifted to the absurd . My pal Kevin remarked about how his mother always called the turkey butt the ‘Pope’s Nose’…which I had never heard of in my life. Infact, I thought he was joking…but no, it’s actually true. Oddly enought the rear end of a turkey is also known as the ‘Parson’ s Nose’ and in Africa the ‘Sultan’s Nose’. Now, I admit I’m easily confused and baffled, but why is it called anyone’s nose? Food Network offers this definition and explanation:
Definition: Also known as a parson’s nose or Pope’s nose, this is the stubby tail protuberance of a dressed fowl. It seems to have originated as a derogatory term meant to demean Catholics in England during the late 17th century.
Now, is it that it looks like a nose or is it that a nose fits in that area? I may have to go to the supermarket and check out some turkey ass…the lengths I must go to, to ferret out life’s mysteries. *l*
*After reading Sorrow and Hawk’s themes for November, I’ve decided to run with the idea as well. I shall leave the noble and high brow topics to the experts and instead delve into the honorable topic of turkeys for November.