Black Eyed Peas and Greens: a New Year’s Tradition
It is a long-standing Southern custom to eat black-eyed peas and greens on New Year’s Day to bring good fortune in the coming year. Origin stories vary somewhat, but it is generally agreed that the ritual began during the Civil War, when Union soldiers pillaged the food supplies of their Confederate opponents, leaving behind only the peas and greens as food for livestock. However, Southerners were able to survive the lean years of the war by eating these nutrient-dense foods themselves. Some claim that the black-eyed peas symbolize coins and the greens folding money, so eating them on the first day of the year means financial success in the coming year. We’ll have an array of dishes featuring these traditional ingredients to help you get your good luck on for 2018:
Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Soup
Tender peas and a whole array of fresh vegetables and herbs simmered in a tasty tomato-based broth. This soup goes wonderfully with our own Bakehouse-made cornbread (in spicy Southwestern or vegan varieties), yet another traditional New Year’s dish in the South.
Braised Greens and Black-Eyed Peas
Organic lacinato kale combined with garlic-infused black-eyed peas, caramelized onions, and vegan Bac’un Bits to add that classic smoky flavor.
A black-eyed pea salad with crisp colorful peppers and a tangy vinaigrette dressing.
Plain Jane Black-Eyed Peas
Simply cooked and recipe-ready! Try them in this super-easy and tasty hash for the first breakfast of the year: