Are you hiding under the covers today, afraid to get out of bed? Will you avoid black cats, ladders, and mirrors at all costs, while wearing a four leaf clover and a rabbit’s foot? If you are doing any one of these things, then you most definitely have a fear of the dreaded Friday the 13th.
Not only is today Friday the 13th, but it’s also a full “honey moon”. Full moons are not rare on Friday the 13th, but full honey moons are. The last one occurred on June 13, 1919, and the next one is predicted to be on June 13, 2098. So, if you are frightened of this day, please at least go out and check out the sight. You may not be around for the next one.
But enough about the moon. We are the Food Bank after all, so let’s get into some food superstitions. Since we also happen to be in National Fruits and Vegetables Month, I thought we would focus on superstitions around these types of fresh foods.
Black-Eyed Peas are considered to be good luck when eaten on New Year’s Day. You should always have at least one spoonful on January 1st, or else you could have a bad year.
Cabbage is another vegetable you should eat on New Year’s Day, alongside your black-eyed peas. If you do so, it is said that you will have a prosperous year. So if you decide not to eat your cabbage on this day, don’t complain if you are not rich!
In South America, there are many countries that view grapes as the ultimate New Year’s Eve Fruit. At the stroke of midnight you are supposed to eat exactly 12 grapes, which represents each month of the New Year. It is said that if a grape tastes sour, then the month it coincides with will be a bad one. If the grape is sweet, it will be a good month.
One of the juiciest fruits of the summer, the peach, is a symbol of many good things. If you eat peaches, you will live a long life filled with much wisdom. This tasty fruit also helps to keep evil away.
Bananas are a fantastic fruit. They mix well with so many different things: cereal, smoothies, ice cream, chocolate, salads, etc. However, did you know that if you slice a banana with a knife you will have bad luck?! To avoid this, just break the banana into smaller pieces by hand. Better to be on the safe side.
Have you ever eaten a ridiculous amount of carrots just so you could see like Superman? Well chances are your parents told you this superstition so you would eat your vegetables. However, carrots do have Vitamin A, which does help with eyesight.
This is my favorite superstition out of all the superstitions, especially since the watermelon is consumed as much as it is during the hot summer months. Did you know if you eat a watermelon seed, a whole watermelon will start growing in your stomach? Tempted to try it? *The Hays County Food Bank does not condone eating watermelon seeds in order to grow a stomach melon*
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but did you know it can also predict love? If you peel an apple with a knife make sure to go in a fluid motion around the fruit. When the peel finally breaks, flick it on a table and see what letter it forms. This letter will be the first letter in your lover’s name.
Now let’s say your true love doesn’t know you yet, but the apple has predicted it. All you have to do is give him/her an orange and they will instantly fall in love with you. Make sure you don’t accidentally give them a grapefruit, though, not sure what that will do.
In Texas, we love our hot peppers and we are a friendly bunch. Apparently we have been subconsciously avoiding handing hot peppers directly to our friends. The correct way to do it is set it down and let our friends pick it up. If you’ve ever lost a friend after Mexican-Themed night, you must have directly handed them a jalapeno. So now you know better.
Now you know what to eat, how to eat it, when to eat it, and how to hand it to a friend. Go forth this Friday the 13th, and at least be content in the fact that vegetables and fruits aren’t out to get you. Happy Friday the 13th everybody!
*The Hays County Food Bank does not necessarily believe in all the above listed superstitions.*