It’s no secret that southerners know some stuff about black-eyed peas.
They’re cheap, you can eat them with almost anything, and they’re really easy to cook.
Whether they’re served in hoppin’ john or stewed with bacon and greens, black-eyed peas are just plain versatile.
And more good news – they’re also good luck at New Year’s
That’s right, Southerners, we eat ourselves into good luck at the New Year
Nope, not everyone who lives in the southeastern US is copacetic with the black-eyed pea vis-à-vis in re good luck.
Your Examiner was raised in the tradition that to seal the deal with good luck for the new year, a good Southerner eats 12 black-eyed peas right the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.
The hard-liners will eat them one at a time in hopes that they’re finished before the clock finishes striking the new year.
If you’re more organized, you’ll put them in one spoon and swallow them all at the same time.
Folks who are pretty sure that they’re not gonna make it until midnight may be the big winners when they eat a big bowl before bedtime or cover themselves in glory the next morning with a steamy, yummy mound of hoppin’ john.
But wait, there’s more!
True enough that black-eyed peas aren’t to everyone’s taste.
Your brand-new good luck is already holding.
Many, many other cultures here in the US and around the world eat for luck.
The rules are very simple.
To bring yourself good luck, eat these foods on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day:
- Legumes – round ones like lentils, preferably
- Greens – collard, spinach, kale, mustard
- Pork – barbecue, roast boston butt, pig’s feet, pork hocks, pepperoni, andouille
And, yep, you guessed it – each of these ensures good luck in a different way.
For instance, round or rounded legumes like lentils and black-eyed peas are shaped like coins and represent a wish for financial prosperity.
So does eating greens at New Year’s. It’s all about the benjamins when you cook up that mess of collards.
Wish yourself a more prosperous New Year by eating pig
Pigs are considered harbingers of good luck because they root forward when they hunt for food while other animals dig down in the soil or, like chickens, scratch backward.
Like lentils, pork hocks and sliced sausages represent coins and money.
Think about it –
Pigs are very expensive to raise because, unlike cattle and poultry, they need a high protein diet just like the one you eat, including meat.
Cattle and poultry are much less expensive to feed and generally eat things you won’t, so you’re raising them faster and at the same time you’re still eating.
To be able to raise bigs and eat well at the same time is still to be well-placed financially.
Celebrate your prudent use of the bounty of the harvest
New Year’s traditions about food all stem from living through long cold winters when you’re not entirely that you have enough.
At the New Year with spring and the new planting season drawing near again, celebrating how much food you’ve still got socked away is another way to give thanks for last year’s harvest and giving yourself a warm fuzzy for your own due diligence.
To still have high protein foods like pork and legumes at year’s end, not to mention summer greens, was and is quite a feat when you think about it.
So party hearty and eat your way to better luck.
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