Black-eyed peas 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: