Certain foods have been associated with good fortune throughout human history.
Here are 10 foods linked to luck. Try one or more to make your big score.
Pork: The obvious association here is with “being a pig” or gluttony. But that’s not the thinking behind pork’s place in the lucky foods category. Pigs root forward, and moving forward into wealth and good fortune is what makes the oinky connection.
Black-eyed peas: These legumes have been said to look like coinage and their consumption is linked to prosperity.
Leafy Greens: Some Americans connect them to our greenbacks and eating them to the acquisition of wealth.
Grapes: In some Latin American countries the custom of eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve is believed to bring good luck for each month in the coming year.
White Bread: In Ireland, the New Years Eve tradition of banging white bread against the walls was developed to chase bad luck away from the coming year.
Pomegranate: This fruit’s red color and seeds caused Greeks to smash them in front of their doors at midnight. They believed the action would attract good fortune—in the way of fertility and love—into the new year.
Dumplings: The Chinese believe that eating crescent-shaped dumplings, which look like antique Chinese currency, will bring wealth in the new year.
Round Fruits: Are eaten for good luck in lots of locales around the world, including Europe, the U.S., and the Philippines, because their shape resembles coins.
Cornbread: Is considered a good luck charm in the southern United States because it is the same color as gold.
Lentils: The swelling of this legume as it absorbs hot water symbolizes growing wealth in Italy, especially on New Year’s Eve. In Hungary it is the central ingredient in a good luck soup.
Have good fun, good cuisine, and good fortune with one or more of these lucky foods.
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