• Glenn Wilson

    Kathy Hester: If you don’t know, us southerners think eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day fills up our year with luck!

    People in the southern US eat cooked collard greens too. They are thought to attract money in the new year.

    You can even make a dish of Hopping John which has black-eyed peas and rice. I like to chop up collard greens and add them in too.

    Continue at Plant Based Instant Pot: New Year’s Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas.

    According to legendary Southern food researcher John Egerton's Southern Food: At Home, On the Road, In History, black-eyed peas are associated with a "mystical and mythical power to bring good luck." As for collard greens, they're green like money and will ensure you a financially prosperous new year. And isn't that all what we want anyway?

    There's evidence that people ate black-eyed peas for luck as early as 500 A.D. as a part of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. But the tradition of eating black-eyed peas with rice is African in origin and spread throughout the South, especially in the Carolinas, in the form of pilaus or rice dishes simmered for a long time with chicken or shrimp. When black-eyed peas were added to the pilau, it became Hoppin' John.

    Continue at Southern Living: Why We Eat Black-Eyed Peas and Collard Greens on New Years.

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