The Truth About Black Eyed Peas - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/1/03

The Truth About Black Eyed Peas

Chances are that at some point on Wednesday you ate black eyed peas. It's mainly a southern tradition thought to bring good luck to anyone who eats them on the first day of the year. But what makes them so lucky?

After extensive research, NewsChannel 11 discovered several reasons for the superstition. The one that seems most common is that during the Civil War, Union soldiers burned the south's crops, but they spared the black eyed peas because they thought the peas were weeds. So, the Confederates considered themselves lucky to have the peas to eat all winter.

Whatever the reason, it appears that Lubbockites buy into the good luck potential. Rene Underwood with United Supermarkets says black eyed pea sales increased astronomically on New Years Eve.

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