Black-eyed peas and other legumes have been considered good luck in many cultures. Typically, peas is considered a family tradition for meeting-up with good luck on New Years Day. And, according to tradition, monetary gain will come to those who eat the peas and greens on New Year's Day — unless there are dirty clothes in the house. (I always thought this was kind of funny.)
"For the black-eyed peas and greens, the greens could be collard greens, turnip greens, or mustard greens. Place the black-eyed peas over a little bit of rice or on the side. If you want to be a Southern cooking gourmet, fry up the onion, red pepper, celery, and garlic in some bacon grease before putting it in to cook with the beans. When adding the onions, celery, salt, pepper and peas; stir well. Simmer slowly about 45 minutes or until peas are tender and liquid level is low. Part tradition, fixing the old staples keeps the guess work out of cooking.
Black-eyed peas: considered in many cultures to be good luck due to the fact that they symbolize prosperity, many people consume some black-eyed peas to start the new year right.
Happy New Year to all,