Saturday, January 1, 2011
It's New Years Day...Have you had your Black Eyed Peas yet?
Eating Black Eyed Peas on News Year Day is a very Southern tradition. My grandparents are from Georgia, and every year my grandma forced us to eat the little legumes. Now I love them and look forward to them every year. My oldest son, Yogi, LOVES black eyed peas, my younger son, Boo boo, not so much. However, he did put on his big boy pants and swallow a spoonful to humor is mom.
The practice of eating black-eyed peas for luck is generally believed to date back to the Civil War. At first planted as food for livestock, and later a food staple for slaves in the South, the fields of black-eyed peas were ignored as Sherman's troops destroyed or stole other crops, thereby giving the humble, but nourishing, black-eyed pea an important role as a major food source for surviving Confederates.
So, if you haven't had your spoonful yet, stop on by for some good luck and prosperity for the New Year!