5 Dishes to Bring you Luck in the New Year!

December 31, 2009

It's New Years Eve and what better way to bring in the New Year than eating foods high in luck! Countries all over the world celebrate with different foods they feel bring luck for the coming year. Here are five ingredients, linked to recipes to bring you good luck in 2010!

Black-eyed Peas -It has been a long tradition in United States to eat black-eyed peas on New Years eve.  The abundance and shape of black-eyed peas, or lentils in general, symbolizes coins and wealth for the New Year.

Noodles- Longer the better! Eating long noodles symbolizes long  life, good health and prosperity.

Pomegranates- Besides a sign of fertility, eating pomegranate seeds in the New Year symbolizes luck and prosperity. They also make a great garnish to Champagne!

Pork - The humble pig's snout is always rooting forward and making progress, therefore eating pork symbolizes success in the New Year.

Greens- Shouldn't be much of a surprise that greens also represent money. Several countries eat braised bitter greens, spinach and cabbage for luck in the New Year.

What foods do you eat to bring in the New Year?

More Links to Inspire You for the New Year

Life is Not a Cereal: 35 New Year's Traditions From Around the World

And All the Trimmings blog: gives us the recipe for Olibollen Dutch Doughnuts

Science of Drink shares the Arctic Cosmo Martini

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I didn't know about these lucky foods. I really enjoy learning about the traditions of other cultures and given my superstitious nature I would have made a meal containing all of them : ). Fun and interesting post!