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From Beans to Coins: Unraveling the Luck of Black-Eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas are thought to bring good luck at the beginning of the year. This gets a little confusing because

these “peas” are actually beans. In many cultures, beans, especially dried beans, are lucky because they swell

when cooked, thus signaling an increase or abundance. Black-eyed peas also represent prosperity in the form of


Adrian Miller is a food writer, James Beard Award winner, attorney, and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, Colorado. For more recipes and information on Adrian Miller, check out

This recipe was part of the SOS Black History Month recipe collection. These recipes were shared at our SOS Stock Island Pantry to help uplift black creators.

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