Happy New Year 2017 Y'all
I wrote a blog several years ago about southern customs serving black-eye-peas and cabbage or collard greens for the new year day meal to bring good luck and prosperity to those who believe.
Southerners are very superstitious if they don't eat black-eye-peas on New Year's Day?
Tradition has it that the custom came about during the Civil War when the Union troops stripped the countryside of all stored food, crops, and livestock. Northerners considered fields of corn and peas only suitable for livestock and did not steal or destroy the crops.
Southerners discovered if they added pork or ham to the black-eye-peas it added flavor and they would also serve collard greens. Today many of serve cabbage, mustard greens or turnip greens to symbolize money and the peas symbolize prosperity since they swell when cooked.
If you're looking for prosperity and good fortune for the new year with a big bang try a bowl or spoon-full of black eye peas, a helping of cabbage or collard greens and join the many superstitious thousand believers like thousands like myself.
Happy New Year 2017