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Why Eating Black Eyed Peas on January 1 is considered good luck
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 Posted: Mon Dec 31st, 2012 08:39 pm
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As Paul Harvey used to say, "Now, for the rest of the story....."
 
            The Lowly "Black-Eyed Pea"
 
 The story of THE BLACK EYED PEA being considered good luck relates
directly back to Sherman's Bloody March to the Sea in late 1864.
 
It was called the Savannah Campaign and was led by Major General William T. Sherman. The Civil War [sic] campaign began on 11/15/1864 when Sherman's troops marched from the captured city of Atlanta, Georgia and ended at the port of Savannah on 12/22/1864.
 
When the smoke cleared, the southerners who had survived the onslaught came out
of hiding. They found that the blue belly aggressors that had looted and stolen every
thing of value, and everything you could eat including all livestock, had left death and
destruction everywhere. While in hiding few had enough to eat. Starvation was now
upon the survivors.
 
There was no international aid, no red cross meal trucks. The Northern army had
taken everything they could carry and eaten everything they could eat. But they couldn’t
take it all. The devastated people of the south found for some unknown reason,
Sherman’s bloodthirsty troops had left silos full of black eyed peas.
You see at that time in the north, the lowly black eyed pea was only used to feed
stock. The northern troops saw it as the thing of least value. Taking grain for their
horses, livestock and other crops to feed themselves on, they just couldn’t take everything.
 
So they left the black eyed peas in great quantities, assuming it would be of no
use to the survivors because all the stock that it could feed had either been taken,
killed, or eaten.
 
Southerners awoke to face a new year in this devastation. Southerners were facing
massive starvation if not for the good luck of having the black-eyed peas to eat. From
New Years Day 1866 forward the tradition grew to eat black-eyed peas on New Years
Day for good luck.
 
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http://hubpages.com/hub/Why-THE-BLACK-EYED-PEA-is-good-luck-to-eat-on-New-Years-Day



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 Posted: Mon Dec 31st, 2012 08:42 pm
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We always had Corned beef and cabbage on New Years for good luck.



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Thanks LL for posting that. I was taught growing up that they were for good luck, but I'd never slowed down and pondered why.



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We will have a pot of them tomorrow, along with cornbread.



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grouchy wrote:
We will have a pot of them tomorrow, along with cornbread.

Us too. Dem's good eatin.



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That thinking lasted until at least the 1960's because my dear Yankee mother wouldn't eye "cow peas."



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Do any of you prepare "Hoppin' John?"
It is rice with the black eyed peas....and a little ham or sausage , along with sauteed onions.

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http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/HoppinJohn.htm




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Nope, but I do also make Texas Caviar.



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grouchy wrote: We will have a pot of them tomorrow, along with cornbread.

Great way to start 2013, black eyes and cornbread

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I never have been much of a fan of Black Eyed peas, normally they taste very bland to me. On occasion I find some that are cooked just right.

A few years ago I was guest at a friends for New Years day and they served everybody a big bowl of Black Eyed Peas and to be polite I ate it. It was the best I had ever had and or had since. I do not know what seasonings or spices were added, but it was like eating desert. I was most happy when they gave their guest a jar of them to take home. Finished those off the next day in the microwave.



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I had my corned beef and cabbage last night at a local English pub..we'll have to see who has better luck.

I wouldn't know where to go to find black eyed peas.



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GregfromBurbank wrote:

I wouldn't know where to go to find black eyed peas.

May I suggest the local grocery store....................



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librarylady wrote: GregfromBurbank wrote:

I wouldn't know where to go to find black eyed peas.

May I suggest the local grocery store....................


I mean restaurants..I'd have to go to a bad neighborhood.

Buy black eyed peas at the grocery store?..not sure how I'd sell that to the wife.

..I can hear it now.."black eyed WHAT????"

 



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..and I'd probably have to go to a grocery store in a bad neighborhood as well..I have only seen black eyed peas in soul food restaurants..served with Chitlins or neck bones..things like that.



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librarylady wrote: Do any of you prepare "Hoppin' John?"
It is rice with the black eyed peas....and a little ham or sausage , along with sauteed onions.

Yum........
http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/HoppinJohn.htm




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GregfromBurbank wrote:
..and I'd probably have to go to a grocery store in a bad neighborhood as well..I have only seen black eyed peas in soul food restaurants..served with Chitlins or neck bones..things like that.

Just try any Von's. Look for this - all grocery stores around here carry them...



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Well..ok..,next time I have a house full of black people..or Texans, I guess..I'll do that.

I have seen them at Sprouts..in the bins.



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Of the numerous varieties of "cow peas", blackeyes are certainly the worst.

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Blackeyes.... Onion.... Rotel tomatoes... Jalapenos... Multiple spices on the stove right now....



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GregfromBurbank wrote: Well..ok..,next time I have a house full of black people..or Texans, I guess..I'll do that.

I have seen them at Sprouts..in the bins.

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