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Black-eyed peas in the South

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Black-eyed peas are a New Year’s tradition in the South.

Black-eyed peas are a New Year's tradition in the South.
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Black-eyed peas are a New Year’s tradition in the South.

Although its roots don’t come from the South, eating black-eyed peas in particular dishes has become a Southern tradition, Pelaccio said. Black-eyed peas are served with rice in the traditional American Southern dish called “Hoppin’ John” for New Year’s Eve. Or, the peas can be part of a soup. In Italy, lentils mix with pork for a lucky dish. This tradition of eating peas with rice is of African origin, and it later became popular in the South, especially in the Carolinas.

Other Black-Eyed Pea Combos

Black-eyed peas with cornbread represent gold, according to Southern Living. Stew your black-eyed peas with tomatoes and they will become a symbol of wealth and health.

An unusual but common tradition of New Year’s black-eyed peas is to put real money in the dish. Some add to their “luck” by cooking their pot of peas with a dime or dime inside. Whoever gets the bowl with the coin, according to legend, has the best luck for the new year.

Here is a little more about New Year’s recipes and dishes:

To exploreMake Kevin Gillespie’s Green Cabbage Recipe for a Happy New Year
To exploreSaving Southern Recipes: Old-Fashioned Hoppin’ John
To exploreMake Kevin Gillespie’s Greens and Rice Recipes for a Lucky New Year
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