Collard greens, black-eyed peas, what’s your traditional NYE meal?

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - In South Carolina, traditions run deep-especially in the kitchen.

“It’s your roots,” said Robert Williams, the Operations Manager at Lizard’s Thicket. “It’s what your grandparents told you, your great-grandparents when you grew up.”

That’s why when it comes to grubbing over the New Year’s holiday you’ve got to make sure you’re covering all the essentials.

“Black-eyed peas,” one man said. “My mom’s used to say it was for good luck, and greens, I ain’t too crazy about greens, but she said more money, so I eat a lot of greens.”

Some say eating collard greens and black-eyed peas, also called ‘Hoppin’ Johns’, on New Year’s Eve/Day is a tradition that pre-dates the Civil War. For a lot of folks around these parts, it’s a tradition that you just don’t want to mess with.

“The black-eyed peas are for coins, or for prosperity,” Williams said. “The collard greens are for folding money. Pork, whatever dish that maybe is for moving forward. Pigs root forward, so it’s the process of always moving forward and cornbread is supposed to represent gold.”

Not a bad batch to bring into the new year! Whether you’re heading to grandma’s or finding a plate somewhere else hopefully it’ll bring you the luck you’re looking for.

“It’s very serious in the south,” Williams said. “We all want good luck moving forward, we all want prosperity, so if this little bit helps, I think everybody’s willing to take a chance.”

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