A few years ago we had some very special friends who used to live in Dalhart, Texas. As we celebrated the New Year with them, we were introduced to the Blackeyed Pea tradition. Being from the Pacific Northwest, we had never heard of this or even eaten Blackeyed Peas!
Sadly, our friends moved back to Texas, but we continue the tradition by making a huge pot of Blackeyed Peas and serve them on January 1st! Not only are they healthy but they are very delicious!
The Blackeyed Pea tradition first started back in the Civil War days. During the battle of Vicksburg, the town was under siege for over 40 days. No supplies went in and none came out. The entire town was on the brink of starvation. So they ate those humble "cowpeas," thus starting the southern tradition. These days, Blackeyed Peas are eaten every New Year's Day to bring good luck for the coming year. Blackeyed Peas are neither a pea nor a bean. They are a lentil.
Each grape represents a month of the coming year. The sweeter the grape, the better the month will be that it represents. If you get a sour grape, it may be that the month it represents could be difficult for you.
But the thought of twelve grapes in your mouth at midnight sounds pretty funny. It seems impossible to finish eating all the grapes by the time the clock finishes chiming.
I don’t think I will try this one this year.
Well, Happy New Year and how ever you bring it in, be safe and have fun.