Hoppin John, is a traditional southern soul food dish usually cooked and served on New Year’s Day. The dish is consisted of black eyed peas over rice, collard greens, & corned bread. This meal is believed to bring good luck and prosperity in the new year. African Americans would traditionally eat this dish on New Year’s Day and Eve in hopes of a more prosperous year ahead. Many still prepare this meal today. The peas symbolized coins (money), the greens symbolized the color of the dollar, and the corned bread being yellow symbolized gold. Some would even add a coin to the pot or underneath the dinner bowl.
Have you had your Hopin John today? Happy new year!