Peas, Greens, and Cornbread


black-eyed-peas1Clearly, a lot of people closely associate good luck with monetary gain. That’s where the greens come in (in case I need to spell it out, green is the color of U.S. currency).

Any green will do, but the most common choices are collard, turnip, or mustard greens. Golden cornbread is often added to the Southern New Year’s meal, and a well-known phrase is, “Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold.” Pork is a staple of just about every Southern meal, so it’s usually cooked with the black-eyed peas. The pork seems to be there for flavor as opposed to symbolism……

Andrea Lynn is an Alabama-raised, soul food-obsessed food writer, recipe developer and personal chef. Follow her on Twitter @ALynn27.

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