The terms 'white meat' and 'dark meat' come from the Victorian era! You'll laugh when you learn why they came up with them
Maybe this’ll cure your post-Thanksgiving blues. Has anyone ever asked you whether you’d like to have “dark meat or white meat” after carving the turkey. These terms have nothing to do with the colour of the meat, they were euphemisms for the leg and breast of turkey and other fowl.
In the Victorian times, the words “leg” and “breast” were considered fowl ;]. So they awkwardly decided to call the leg “white meat” and the breast “black meat.” Gobble up some other turkey facts:
• Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the US
• Abraham Lincoln issued a 'Thanksgiving Proclamation' on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.
• Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb"