St. Patrick’s Day Spotlight: 5 Lucky Foods
Mar 10th, 2017
Below, find five foods from around the world that are said to bring luck, prosperity and fortune. From donuts (as if we needed another reason to love them) to greens and lentils, these five foods are available at your local store and may bring you a little extra luck, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.
Green is not only the official color of St. Patrick’s Day, green foods (kale, spinach, cabbage, etc.), are also said to bring prosperity because of their resemblance to paper money. Since the health benefits of leafy greens aren’t enough to convince us to eat greener, maybe having more money in the bank will do the trick!
It’s no coincidence these members of the legume family are shaped and colored like golden coins. To this day, lentils are served in both Italy and Brazil to bring wealth, fortune and luck! It’s even said that Romans were one of the first to hop on the lucky lentil bandwagon. Are you on board yet? We are! Bring on the lentils!
In Japan, noodles, especially Soba, are said to represent longevity. Eat noodles (the longer, the better) for a long and lucky life. However, the superstition goes that you will only reap the rewards if you do not break or bite the noodles in the middle. Throw all the lessons your parents taught you about slurping noodles out the window, loudly and proudly slurp your way to a longer life.
In Greece, they seem to love smashing things—dishes at weddings and pomegranates at the new year? The bright red and radiant fruit is said to bring good luck when smashed on the floor in front of a door. When the produce breaks open and reveals the edible arils, prosperity and good fortune are said to follow! The more seeds in your pomegranate, the more luck you will have in the coming year!
Ring Shaped Foods
We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but would you believe us if we told you your morning meal may bring you luck? Ring-shaped foods, like donuts and bagels, are said to represent the year coming full circle. Whether you favor chocolate-glazed or maple, donuts are the perfect start to your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Pick up a dozen at your local store! And just think, if one is good luck, a dozen must be GREAT luck, right?
This St. Patrick’s Day, if the luck of the Irish isn’t working in your favor, maybe these five fortuitous foods will do the trick! Good luck!