Food Discussion : Why We Eat Black-Eyed Peas on New Year's Day

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New Year’s Day Tradition – Black-Eyed Peas and Greens

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On New Year’s Day, you’ll find people throughout the South eating black-eyed peas and greens. Many former Southerners have spread this tradition to other parts of the country. If this tradition is new to you, you probably have lots of questions – how did the tradition start? What do the foods symbolize? How do I cook them? Here are some answers to get you started.

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Your Black-Eyed Pea Questions Answered

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If you are planning to celebrate the New Year in the Southeast, it is most likely that you will be offered black-eyed peas in some form, either just after midnight or on New Year's Day. From grand gala gourmet dinners to small casual gatherings with friends and family, these flavorful legumes are traditionally, according to Southern folklore, the first food to be eaten on New Year's Day for luck and prosperity throughout the year ahead.

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Hi Sister Liberty ... i wondered the same thing years ago ...

https://destee.com/threads/black-eyed-peas-and-new-years-day.5330/

Thanks for adding more information regarding this.

Since it does appear to be a southern / enslaved African thing ... :look:

maybe it's 'cause the white folk let us eat all the black eyed peas we wanted on new years day

if we stayed alive from all the beatings and malnutrition the prior year

maybe it was a reward ... and the good luck that you make it alive to next years black eyed peas

iono ... i'm jes say'n ... :)

Love You!

:heart:

Destee
 

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Hi Sister Liberty ... i wondered the same thing years ago ...

https://destee.com/threads/black-eyed-peas-and-new-years-day.5330/

Thanks for adding more information regarding this.

Since it does appear to be a southern / enslaved African thing ... :look:

maybe it's 'cause the white folk let us eat all the black eyed peas we wanted on new years day

if we stayed alive from all the beatings and malnutrition the prior year

maybe it was a reward ... and the good luck that you make it alive to next years black eyed peas

iono ... i'm jes say'n ... :)

Love You!

:heart:

Destee


Here's an alternative for those tired of Black Eyed Peas ...


Gullah-Style Hoppin' John, a traditional New Year's dish from the American South, is served in the Sweet Home Cafe with sea island red peas instead of black eyed peas.
Ariel Zambelich/NPR





https://destee.com/threads/black-history-and-culture-museum-ready-for-reveal-100-years-in-the-making.87729/page-3#post-968809
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