Start the New Year with “good luck” foods!
Various foods around the world are associated with “good luck”.
What a fortunate way to start the New Year!
- Black-eyed peas bring prosperity, especially when served with collard greens.
- In Germany, Ireland, and the US, cabbage is associated with good fortune because it is green, like money.
- Associated with abundance and fertility, pomegranates bring abundance and fertility, and are enjoyed in Turkey and other Mediterranean countries for luck.
- Lentils are eaten in Italy for prosperity in the New Year (they resemble little coins).
- In some countries, people associate fish with moving forward into the New Year because fish swim forward!
- In many Asian countries, long noodles are eaten on New Year’s Day to bring a long life. But remember not to break the noodle before it is all in your mouth.
- Still looking for something that spells out luck? Get some fortune cookies. They are not just Asian tradition but a way to present fortune telling in a simple way. Chinese meals usually don’t end with dessert, so the dessert option is a fortune cookie.