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Sunday, January 1, 2017

"Eat Poor On New Year's, and Eat Fat the Rest of the Year".

Growing up in the south, it was a tradition to eat certain foods on New Years Day. Typically, when you go to any southern kitchen on New Years', you can expect to see a mixture of collard greens, hog jowls, cornbread, and rice, but one thing you will always see is black-eyed peas. But why? Well, let's dig a little deeper!

The tradition of black-eyed peas is believed to have started over 1500 years ago as a form of bringing in good luck for the new year. Although families in the south typically coin this tradition, it was actually originally a Jewish custom. Around 500 A.D. they were used to help celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Then in the 1730s, the tradition was introduced to the south by way of Georgia. During the Civil War, many people in the North considered this vegetable, only suitable for animals. I believe this is why it didn't spread as fast in the North and ended up becoming a "southern" tradition.

Good luck is not the only thing that black-eyed peas are supposed to represent. Since the volume of beans expands, they are also supposed to symbolize that you are expanding your wealth in the new year. This is also why collard greens are typically eaten. The green is also supposed to represent money.

One popular saying goes, "Eat poor on New Year's, and eat fat the rest of the year". Happy New Year everyone!

Does your family have any New Year's Traditions? Leave me a comment!


  1. I never knew where this tradition originated, but I have gladly participated ever since I've been able to cook lol. We have our black-eyed peas, collard greens, and cornbread every New Year. Great post, Lauren!

    1. We were eating on collard greens from Christmas all the way up until NYE so we skipped the greens, but I did have the black-eyed peas and corn bread. Thanks for stopping by! 😋

  2. Hi! I love how informative and great your articles are. Can you recommend any other Food Blog Names or blogs that go over the same topics? Thanks a lot!


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