People Chowing Down on Ham, Peas & Greens for Good Luck

People are piling on the black eyed peas, collard greens and ham this New Year's Day in hopes of bringing in some good luck.

It's an annual southern tradition. Depending on who you asks, each of the foods symbolizes something different. The greens represent prosperity. The ham represents good luck. And the peas stand for change.


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  • by Real bro on Jan 3, 2012 at 04:43 AM
    I had a steak and baked potato. Black eyed peas did not bring good luck for 2011 so I thaught I would try something different.
  • by Bee Location: Florida on Jan 2, 2012 at 06:29 PM
    You must younger than 21 or parents are from the North. Every Southerner knows that Hog Jowl is of the hog's head; the cheeks I think. Anyway it is pork meat and it looks like bacon. Just go the grocers and look for it in the meat section.
  • by tracey Location: atl on Jan 2, 2012 at 01:59 PM
    i made a black eyed pea salad this year. i wanted a change. it was yummy, and healthy.
  • by me Location: tally on Jan 2, 2012 at 01:51 PM
    Grew up here all of my life, but what the heck is hog jowls?.... lol
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      by Bee on Jan 2, 2012 at 06:32 PM in reply to me
      Just go to the grocery store and ask for hog jowls. You don't have to buy it, just see it for educational purposes.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 at 09:58 AM in reply to Bee
        Hog jowl is pork cheek. A great fatty cut. Buy the smoked jowl.
  • by Cousin Earl Location: Tallahassee on Jan 2, 2012 at 12:30 PM
    I prefer mustard greens to collards. Does that still count? BTW greens are loaded with vitamins and black-eyed peas are a good source of complex carbs. The ham? Well, all things in moderation.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 at 09:58 AM in reply to Cousin Earl
      I like turnip greens even better.
  • by Promote Healthy eating habits Now! Location: Florida on Jan 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM
    People need to dump this unhealthy stupid tradition cooking up hog jowls, ham, salt back, salted black eyed peas and greens and start the new year off right by reducing fat, salt and sodium intake. These 3 ingredients have killed millions over the years, now our obese children have type 2 diabeties, that cause our body to overload with high colestrol and blood pressure that leads to stroke, heart attack, diabeties and obesity. Healthcare costs have quadrupled costing taxpayers billions funding medicaid, medicare and paying higher premiums for someone elses unhealthy lifestyes to private insurers. Time to shed those holiday pounds now; not make more excuses to pack on more! Even the Holy Bible speaks it a sin against one's choice of being a glutton; Proverbs 23:20-21: English Standard Version: Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 at 04:58 AM in reply to Promote Healthy eating habits Now!
      I know what you mean. I saw hog jowls, peas, and greens heading into the gun store on Monday!
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      by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 at 06:22 AM in reply to Promote Healthy eating habits Now!
      You need to get off our soapbox! Don't sit there and try to preach when I'm sure you have eaten things like bacon or some sort of fast food meal. This very short article is about what people in the south like to cook on New Years Day (you see that...it's ONE day) for good luck. And besides, who are you to tell what people should eat?
  • by MW Location: Tallahassee on Jan 2, 2012 at 08:44 AM
    Got to have those collard greens, black eyed peas with ham, rice and hog jowls fried up till nice and crisp - this is the New Year's meal along with corn bread. I have to have this meal every year - started when I was a child in North Carolina.
  • by South Georgia Boy Location: South Georgia...like the name says on Jan 2, 2012 at 04:17 AM
    Ham? Not for me. Hog jowls, baby, hog jowls. In my greens and in my black eyed peas. Yummy.
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      by Sara on Jan 2, 2012 at 12:57 PM in reply to South Georgia Boy
      :-)
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