If superstition has its way to day, it will be a bad one for us all. The number 13 and Friday are both considered “bad luck,” and when they come together to create Friday the 13th, trouble is bound to find us. So we all know to avoid black cats, broken mirrors and walking under ladders, and to keep an eye out for horseshoes, four-leaf clovers and to make wishes on stars, but did you know that there are some food superstitions that have kept many of the world’s cultures in and out of luck for centuries?
Here are 13 food superstitions… if you’re into that sort of thing.
- The Chinese believe a single set of chopsticks lying across an empty rice bowl is a symbol of death.
- Americans believe snagging the long-end of a wishbone brings good luck.
- Greeks believe bread is a gift from God, and always mark a fresh loaf with a cross. They do not let bread go to waste, as it’s considered a sin.
- Greeks also believe garlic wards off evil, as does throwing salt over your left shoulder.
- Germans eat sauerkraut and Americans eat Black Eyed Peas on New Year’s Day for good health and fortune during the year.
- European farmers plant eggs in their fields to bring forth healthy grain harvests.
- Romanians believe eating the corners from bread will create a good relationship with your mother-in-law.
- Indians keep onions in their pocket to prevent heartstroke.
- Jews believe eating an egg with two yolks will bless you with bearing many children.
- Filipinos do not eat fish or chicken on New Year’s Eve because they believe it symbolizes food scarcity.
- The English believe it is bad luck to pick blackberries after October 11.
- Scottish fishermen do not say “salmon” while at sea as this will bring on a dismal catch.
- Spaniards believe a ham exposed to moonlight will go bad.