My New Year's menus always include black-eyed peas. I serve them for both New Year’s Day buffets on January first and for Jewish New Year in the fall. In both cases, black-eyed peas symbolize good luck and the wish for prosperity. Across the southern states of the US, black-eyed peas are often cooked up with greens. In Sephardic and Mizrachi Jewish communities, black-eyed peas are served at the Rosh Hashanah seders. In ancient Persia they were served with long noodles in a soup. Hey, I’m not superstitious, but I’m happy to eat some foods that might give me good luck! Besides, black-eyed peas are also crazy healthy, cheap, and filling—all excellent for a post New Year’s Eve meal—which makes them a win-win.
To all, please know that I wish you a very happy holiday season, filled with yummy foods, and surrounded by family and friends!