NEW YEAR’S TRADITIONAL MEALS
Most New Year’s traditions are believed to ensure good luck for the coming year. Many parts of the United States observe the tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck. Auld Lang Syne: “Auld Lang Syne” is traditionally sung at midnight on New Year’s Eve.
According to popular folklore, if these foods are eaten on New Year’s Day, they guarantee good luck throughout the year. Peas or beans symbolize coins or wealth. Choose traditional black-eyed peas, lentils or beans to make a dish seasoned with pork, ham or sausage. Greens resemble money, specifically folding money.
Pork and sauerkraut is believed to bring good luck and good fortune in the months ahead. … Part superstition and part tradition, eating pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day is like a Pennsylvania Dutch-style insurance policy for the new year. It is believed to bring good luck and good fortune in the months ahead.
Cabbage has many good points, and a context that dates back before recorded history. It always has been an inexpensive vegetable, an even more compelling virtue these days. Wrapped in plastic, a head of cabbage will last two or three weeks in the refrigerator, or four if you don’t mind peeling off a yellow outer leaf or two.
Cook cabbage for New Year’s and you find yourself richer in the coming year. I grew up in a New Orleans Southern family eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck. My family also always had cooked cabbage as part of our New Year’s meal. My mom and aunt said it will bring the person that eats it money in the coming year. At the time, I thought it was just to get us kids to eat the stinky smelling cabbage. Although both ladies were very good cooks and the cabbage dish very tasty, it was rather smelly as it was being cooked. It turns out that cabbage is actually very good for you!
Cabbage is really good for you. Raw, it’s got lots of vitamin C, plus potassium, iron and calcium. Red cabbage has more fiber and even more of the above-mentioned minerals, while Savoy and Napa cabbage have lots of vitamin A. Bok choy has even more vitamin A, 60 percent of the recommended daily allowance.
Red cabbage is loaded with beneficial phytochemicals. Cabbage (and sauerkraut) also fight cancer, along with the other members of the cruciferous family, which includes broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussels sprouts and collard greens. The National Cancer Institute includes cabbage among foods with high cancer-fighting powers, and notes two compounds. One helps protect against breast cancer and another helps detoxify carcinogens. And, it has been shown that people who consume lots of cabbage generally have lower rates of colon cancer.
(Information from history.com)