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

BlogHer Original Post

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.

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

Comments

In order to comment on BlogHer.com, you'll need to be logged in. You'll be given the option to log in or create an account when you publish your comment. If you do not log in or create an account, your comment will not be displayed.