Food and Superstitions

As the saying goes ‘You are what you eat’ … and it is true to the last word. Superstitions are something that you cannot ignore sometimes and if it associated with the food you eat, then you definitely cannot turn your back to it.

Here is a look at some of the weird foodie superstitions from different parts of the world:

1. Coffee

Coffee drinkers in Greece have some strange beliefs. People say you will have money if you spill coffee on a coffee plaque or a picture of a cup of coffee. This certainly sounds like an easy and appealing way to become unexpectedly wealthy in the current context!

It’s disappointing to have a large bubble in your cup of coffee. Some believe it is a sign that your friend will be arriving soon.

According to one legend, if the bubbles move towards the person drinking coffee, they will become wealthy. However, if the bubbles begin to recede, the drinker will face difficult times.

If you see bubbles in your coffee, superstition says you should drink it right away. They should not vanish. You will receive money from an unexpected source if you drink it before they disappear.

2. Eggs

Do you just crack the eggs in half and toss the shells in the trash when making an omelette? According to this old superstition, you might be causing problems for sailors. The legend, which dates back to the 1500s, claims that witches will steal your egg shells and use them to sail out to sea, causing violent storms.

Jews believe that eating two yolks from an egg will bless you with many children. Also, if you want to bake a beautiful cake, do so while the sun is rising, and don’t throw away the eggshells until the cake is done.

To ensure a good harvest, some European farmers plant eggs in their fields or throw eggshells between the rows of crops.

3. Bread

Throwing away stale bread is considered a sin by many people. Furthermore, it can be a sign of bad luck and a lack of success. Not throwing crumbs on the floor is part of this superstition. Instead, grab them in your hand and toss them outside to the birds.

Someone will die soon if you cut open a loaf of bread and notice a hole (a.k.a. a large air bubble). The hole in the bread is meant to depict a coffin (very creepy!). Before baking, you should also cut a cross into the top of your loaf, else the devil will sit on it and spoil it. “Hot cross buns” makes a lot more sense now.

If you must cut your bread with a knife because it is too hard, make sure you only cut from one side. This technique is thought to be crucial for the blessing and richness of your home.

Don’t put the bread in the wrong way! As it can lead to impoverishment, and it could also be a symptom of something fatal, such as death. Furthermore, it is recommended that bread not be placed on the floor, since this may result in unpleasant situations.

4. Noodles

According to an old Chinese theory, long noodles are the secret to living a long life, and cutting, biting, or breaking your noodles before eating them will actually cut years off your life. So, if you want to live into your golden years, make sure you eat those long noodles right out of the bowl.

Noodles are provided to wish someone a long life since they signify longevity. This is why noodles are offered at birthday celebrations. It’s best to eat long life noodles on your birthday to reap the benefits of the alleged longevity effect.

According to the Japanese tradition, the noodles soba is served on the New Year’s Day. The Soba noodles are really firm and unbreakable. The Soba noodles are served on New Year to break off from the previous year woes. You have to ensure to eat the Soba after the New Year has started otherwise you will carry forward your previous year’s woes and troubles to the new year.

5. Coconut

Coconut is the hardest, harshest, and most sacred of all the fruits, and it is said to protect you from evil. In fact, it can work wonders for bringing you good fortune in your new endeavours. We’ve grown up observing one of the most important temple rituals: cracking a coconut. Breaking the coconut into pieces with a lot of power is said to be beneficial to people from all walks of life.

According to the Aadi Perukku festival of Tamilnadu the devotees break the coconuts on their head to symbolize the belief of breaking free from your past actions and happenings and surrendering completely to the almighty.

During the rite, one of the priests holds the head of the devotees waiting in line, while another priest quickly cracks open the coconut by slamming it against the person’s skull. People are, of course, injured in the head as a result of this practise. While some run to the doctor’s clinic for first aid treatment, which may include a few stitches, many devotees refuse medical treatment out of veneration for the deity or fear of incurring the deity’s wrath.

6. Tea

Tea is at the centre of numerous superstitions, and it even serves as the foundation for a fortune-telling sect. Anyone who uses sugar in their tea is familiar with the overly sweet experience of discovering clumps of undissolved sugar at the bottom of their cup—but, according to traditional customs, this is a good thing. This is actually an indication that you have a secret admirer, as the result of a badly stirred beverage.

Dropping loose-leaf tea in your house by accident will bring you good fortune. Tea leaves strewn in front of your house are said to ward off evil spirits.

If you make a strong tea, you are likely to make a new friend, but if you make a weak tea, you may lose a buddy. You might get into a fight with a friend if you stir the tea counterclockwise.

Using milk instead of sugar in your tea may doom you to a life of solitary. Leaving the teapot’s lid off could indicate that a stranger will arrive with terrible news. It’s really inconvenient to forget to put the tea in the pot before pouring in the boiling water. If the tag on your teabag slips off while it’s in your cup, you’ll get terrible news within a week.

7. Milk

Spilling milk is a bad indicator that can lead to problems. In addition, drinking milk right before leaving the house brings ill luck. In fact, contrary to popular assumption, many individuals are unwilling to lend or borrow milk after sunset.

8. Hot Pepper

This small vegetable decoration is then hung in a secure location in the house, generally under the table, and left there until the following Saturday, when it is burned and replaced.

Hot peppers are usually hung in a secure location generally under the table, and left there until the following Saturday, when it is burned and replaced.

According to the Indian superstition, the Hot pepper drives away evil spirits out of the house. Also a string of chillies and lemon is hung in front of business enterprises for good luck and prosperity.

As the legend goes,  giving a pal a hot pepper will cause issues in your relationship. If you need to serve someone chilli, place it on a table and let them to pick it up.

9. Chewing Gum

Chewing gum after midnight is frowned upon in Turkish folklore. They claim the gum will change into the flesh of a dead person in your mouth and give you foul-smelling breath, so spit out your gum before the sun sets if you want to be minty fresh.

10. Apple

Cutting an apple in half and counting the seeds, according to legend, can reveal how many children you will have later in life. The concept is supposed to have originated in the highlands of Kentucky in the nineteenth century, when the average number of offspring matched the number of seeds in an apple. It might not be as effective nowadays.

Take a fresh apple seed, recite the person’s name over it, and drop it into a fire to see if they are in love with you. If the seed pops and bursts, it symbolises the other person is bursting at the seams with affection for you. Seek love elsewhere if the seed only fizzles and burns away.

In Pennsylvania, it was thought that if you plucked an apple, licked it, and delivered it to the person you loved, if he ate the apple, he would fall in love with you.

According to a Surrey superstition, if you eat an apple without first shining it, you are confronting the devil and bringing disaster upon yourself.

11. Salt

Salt, it is said, should never be brushed under your feet or swept away with a broom. Ideally, salt should be dissolved in water and then discarded. It should be respected even when being rejected since it absorbs negativity and is the flavour of life.

12. Sugar

It is an Indian tradition to feed someone curd and sugar together when they are leaving for a trip, exam or any kind of interview or an important task. It is believed to bring good luck and also cools your intellect.

13. Fish

Looking at fish before starting a project or embarking on a travel is considered a good omen throughout Eastern India. As per the Indian tradition of architecture Vastu, good news can come from fish tanks or fish with water bodies in the corners.

14. Holy Basil or Tulsi

As holy basil is said to be a purifier, it is used to purify sacrifices to Gods and to place the leaves in food and drinks during eclipses.

15. Turmeric

According to the Indian tradition, Turmeric is utilised in religious ceremonies and is sprinkled around the house to keep away negative energy. It’s also wrapped in crimson fabric and maintained in different parts of the house to ward off the evil eye.

“Food Is Culture And We Need To Listen To It”

-Robert Irvine

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