Do You Cook Black-Eyed Peas on New Year's Day for Good Luck in the New Year?

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You've probably hear about the tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day. Apparently even in ancient times it was common to eat black-eyed peas for New Year's luck, and in America, the practice spread across Southern states after the civil war, when "cowpeas" became a sign of luck because they were considered animal food by Northerners, and were one of the few crops that weren't burned by Union troops.

Nowdays black-eyed peas are actually becoming a bit trendy, so it's hard to tell whether people eat them just because they're tasty and nutritious, or whether it's for superstitious reasons. Whatever the reason, good recipes for black-eyed peas are showing up everywhere.

Photo of Vegan Collard Greens with Black-Eyed Peas
from Cheap Healthy Good


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