Black-Eyed Peas on New Year's Day
Davis from Georgia, describes a traditional New
Year's custom observed by many people in the
southern part of the US.
Georgia, it's a tradition to eat
black-eyed peas and turnip greens on New
Could you tell us about the custom of eating
black eyed peas on New Year's Day?
Davis: In Georgia, it's a tradition to eat
black-eyed peas and turnip greens. The peas
represent copper and the greens are dollars. We say
each pea you eat equals one dollar's worth of
earning, and each portion of turnip greens equals
So, it brings you good luck, moneywise?
Davis: Yes, some people say that it brings good
luck and prosperity. This may be founded in truth
because a 3-ounce portion of black-eyed peas and
turnip greens is good for the digestive system. It
helps clean out the digestive system.
Some people say that it brings good
luck and prosperity.
Thank you, John. Will you be eating them again on
this New Year's Day?
Davis: I sure will. I always do! I cook them
Thanks, John. We'll eat some, too.
would be better to eat 365!
Vera says eating 365 peas might bring
even more luck.
John's mother-in-law and my mother, Vera
Price, who has lived in Georgia and in other
southern states, adds that some people say you have
to eat at least 365 black-eyed peas on New Year's
Day. They say that that guarantees you will have
good luck each day of the the following year.
traditional New Year's Day meal throughout the
This custom is traditional throughout the
southern part of the United States. There are some
variations; for example, in Texas and in Alabama,
cabbage sometimes accompanies the black-eyed peas
instead of turnip greens.
black-eyed peas are considered a symbol of good
luck; and the cabbage, like the turnip greens, is
considered a symbol of money. The cabbage can be
prepared in any form.It is sometimes cooked and
sometimes served as cole slawa salad made
with thinly cut, uncooked cabbage.
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