Hoppin' John: A New Year's taste of the South

Dated: December 29 2020

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New Year's Day is fast approaching and other than making resolutions or planning a party, one of the things we definitely look forward here in Beaufort SC is food. On January 1st, many regions around the country, and world, have a tradition of eating foods that are symbols of good fortune for the year ahead and the Lowcountry is no different.

Most folks from 'up north' eat pork and sauerkraut on New year's Day, thanks to German immigrants who brought the tradition with them from Europe in the 19th & early 20th centuries.

You won't find much of that here in Beaufort SC.

For those who might be unfamiliar with our New Year’s customs in the south, a traditional meal of Hoppin’ John, collard greens, pork, and cornbread is usually on our menus.

Not only is Hoppin’ John a tasty, comforting, traditional Southern recipe, it is said to bring good luck for the New Year. When served with greens and cornbread, it's everything a southerner needs to eat in order to have a great year ahead.

“Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold," as the old Southern expression goes.

The black-eyed peas symbolizes coins. In addition to that, they tend to swell when they’re cooking, which means an upcoming growth in posterity for the new year.

Collard greens mean money, and eating them will ensure you have money for the year.

Pork is eaten because pigs root forward and it symbolizes growth and progress through the year.

Cornbread symbolizes gold...and we all need gold.

While Hoppin’ John is a common dish found across all the southern states, it originates here the Carolinas. It's a fusion dish that combines a southern American rice pilaf with African ingredients and cooking methods.

You know we love our traditions here in the south, and Hoppin' John is certainly one that we look forward to each and every New Year's Day.

Whatever your tradition is at your family's table, we hope you have a blessed, prosperous and happy New Year.

If you're thinking of leaving big city life behind and relocating to Beaufort SC in the new year, Century 21 Carolina Realty can help make your dream a reality by helping you find your forever home here in the Lowcountry. Call us at 843-521-2121 and one of our experienced agents can assist you in becoming a Beaufort local.

We live the Lowcountry life, and we want to share it with you.

Cover photo courtesy Southern Living

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