Collard Greens & Black Eyed Peas: The New Year Tradition

Collard Greens and Black Eyed Peas=
Happy New Year!!!??!!!

Many people, especially Southerners, usher in the new year by cooking black eyed peas and collard greens.

Growing up, my Grandmother was worn out around this time of year from cooking enormous Thanksgiving, Christmas and Sunday feasts, but she always made sure there was a huge pot of greens and black eyed peas simmering on the stove when New Years rolled around. (Can’t forget that pan of cornbread! : )

I’m not exactly sure where or when the tradition originated. Even my online research comes up pretty unclear. According to

“The source of the traditions isn’t especially clear, and they haven’t attracted much interest from researchers.

Some stories say the black-eyed peas became the South’s salvation after Union troops destroyed other crops.
Others trace the peas themselves to Africa and speculate they made it here during the slave trade. Jewish people were eating black-eyed peas for good luck in their New Year’s celebrations about 2,500 years ago.

Some traditions hold that the black-eyed peas represent coins, and collards can represent cash.”

The latter explaination held true in my household growing up. The cooking of black eyed peas and collard greens represented blessings for a prosperous new year, not just financially but with health, business, family and whatever else your heart desired.

I have an friend who swears his good fortune comes from starting the year off with a prayer and a heeping bowl of collard greens and black eyed peas!

So whether or not you keep this tradition in your household, bringing in the New Year with this powerful duo may not be such a bad idea. Both foods pack major health benefits.
Black Eyed Peas are an excellent source of calcium & vitamin A, contains no cholesterole and are low in fat.
Collard Greens are one of the best sources of calcium, loaded with assorted vitamins and minerals, and tons of cancer fighting antioxidants.
Cooking Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens

Collard greens and black eyed peas are really easy to make. Use seasonings to help bring out and enhance the flavor. Both dishes can be made super healthy by using water, olive oil & herbs or add a touch of southern flare by adding in savory ingredients like smoked meats, broths and seasoning salt. Below is how I usually prepare my collard greens and black eyed peas!

How to cook Collard Greens from start to finish!
How to cook Black Eyed Peas from start to finish!
Do You Eat or Cook Collard Greens and Black Eyed Peas On New Years Day?
Here’s to wishing you all a safe, blessed and prosperous New Year!!!
XO; )


  1. venera mckibbon says

    My second time using your recipe and this is still the BEST RECIPE FOR BLACK EYED PEAS EVER!! The flavor is awesome! My husband kept praising and eating, praising and eating. lol! Thank you!

  2. Debra Melton says

    Monique, I’ve been doing greens your way for a year and half now and they are scrumpdillyicious! I slow cook mine in a crockpot! They are so tender and juicy. I love em!!! And they are a hit with my family. Especially with my baby brother! Thank you, Thank you, I recommend your site to all my friends

  3. Scentsy Candles says

    Since my husband is a G.R.I.T. (Guy Raised in the South) my New Years Resolution is to try and little a little more southern cooking. You dont' get more southern than black eyed peas and collard greens. Thanks for the tips.

  4. Sommer J says

    Looks delicious!!! I love your son in the first video- how adorable is he? Both the collards and the black eyed peas looks cooked to perfection. Eager to read more of your recipes!


  5. flamencokitty says

    I've made black eyed peas before but never for NYE. I made them vegetarian. Threw them in a slowcooker with veggie broth, shallots, garlic and cajun seasoning. I didn't have collards, but I had a bunch of kale. I sauteed them in a lot of canola oil with greens seasoning. Tossed it all together. I'm a yankee and they were a hit with my yankee friends. :-)

  6. SailorWifey says

    Epicurious has a great article on all the New Year's food traditions. I've always had Black Eyed Peas and Collard Green New Year's Day. We also had chitterlings growing up and I just found out the pork was for good measure as well. There is even a list of what NOT to eat on New Year's…who knew?!

    This is the article if anyone wants to read it:

    Love Always,


  7. Anonymous says

    yes we have them one new years even though i dont care for them mama always made me have at least a spoon full so i still do that to this day

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