Do you eat Black Eyed Peas on New Years? We moved to Texas when I was 8, and that first New Years' was interesting. We had dinner at the Black Eyed Pea Restuarant even though no one in my family eats peas or beans, well, except Alyssa now as she loves the stuff that makes me gag.
There is lots of information about this "tradition". Which side are you on?
Are you on the side where the tradition was made up and created by Elmore Torn, Sr in 1947? Or are you on the side that truly believes you need to eat black eyed peas to make it through the new year?
See, Black eyed peas were a staple in the south for workers. It wasn't until WWI when this food was eaten by the middle and upper class to take the place of meats as those were getting scarce and expensive.
Elmore thought every other major holiday was known for a food. Thanksgiving & Christmas is Turkey, Easter is Ham, Fourth of July & Labor Day is hotdogs and burgers... New Years needed a food.
As I sat in the restuarant and watched people eat these nasty looking things, I wondered why anyone would make such a tradition. Yuck!
To this day, I've never had a black eyed pea, and I probably never will. Good luck to everyone in the new year whether you eat those things or not!