Which group of foods is commonly eaten at New Year’s as a symbol of money and prosperity?
– Green, leafy vegetables
– Dairy products, such as cheese
One of the most popular foods served on the first day of a new year is legumes, including peas, beans and lentils. These foods are generally thought to symbolize money. Eating legumes supposedly brings prosperity and good luck in the coming years. Legumes gained their iconic status as a New Year’s symbol because many types of them resemble coins. The dried ones also swell when soaked in water, indicating that prosperity grows over time. Source: Food.NDTV.com
A legume is a plant or its fruit or seed in the family Fabaceae. Legumes are grown agriculturally, primarily for their grain seed called pulse, for livestock forage and silage, and as soil-enhancing green manure.