Start with a cup of Lentil soup then order the Pork Souvlaki Platter with Greens and Peas to maximize your luck in 2018
Eat lentils on New Year’s for wealth and prosperity because the flat legumes were believed to resemble Roman coins.
The expression “high on the hog” refers to the choice cuts of pork, those from the loin, shoulder and upper leg, long reserved for the elite. The “low on the hog” cuts like belly, trotters and offal were left for poor folk. Not so today—it’s all good for all folks! So naturally, pork, with its rich, delicious fattiness has come to symbolize wealth and prosperity. There’s no reason not to be in “hog heaven” for at least one day.
Greens…greenbacks…moola? Makes sense. Leafy greens resemble folded paper money symbolizing wealth and prosperity.
Black Eyed Peas
There are several different thoughts on why black–eyed peas have come to symbolize good luck. In America, the prevailing folklore dates back to the Civil War era, when black–eyed peas, also known as field peas, were used to feed grazing cattle. During the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi in the late spring of 1863, the town was cut off from all food supplies for nearly two months. The people were close to starvation and resorted to eating the crops previously reserved for feeding their livestock. If it weren’t for the lowly “cowpeas” (as they’re also known) many people wouldn’t have survived. Lucky or resourceful, those folks created one tasty tradition!