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Nature’s Lucky Food Superstitions

Nature’s Lucky Food Superstitions and Symbols

Acorn to Beans

By Twinty Karat adapted from an original article by Chitraparna Sinha

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You can find good luck charms everywhere you look. You can find it in nature, symbols, numbers, colors, animals, and much more. Everyone has their own good luck charms so there are no right or wrong good luck charms. When you visit this site, you will see a wide variety of what people consider good luck charms in nature. Not only that it’s almost a certainty you have eaten a “good Luck food“, whether or not you realized it.


In the Islamic world, apples are thought to have the power to cure all ills. In many parts of America, you can find out if you are going to be lucky in love by peeling the apple and throwing the whole peel over your shoulder to see what letter the peel represents when it is laying on the ground. That would be the first letter of your intended. The Old Norse legends say the Gods secured eternal life by eating apples. The Greeks thought apples were a good luck food and guaranteed long life.

Even though apples were considered as symbols of temptation in the bible, others believe the apple to bring long life, good luck, and knowledge. If you live in the United States, and likely as well in some other countries, you have surely heard the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

The February 1866 edition of Notes and Queries magazine from Wales includes this:

“A Pembrokeshire proverb. Eat an apple on going to bed, And you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”

That seems to be the first place or origin of where the more modern version comes from.

Apples do have a claim to promote good health. They contain Vitamin C, which aids the immune system. They also contain phenols, which reduce cholesterol. Apples also reduce tooth decay by helping clean one’s teeth and killing off bacteria.




The Vikings always associated the acorn with Thor, the God of Thunder and Lightening, because oak trees seemed to attract lightening and they thought it was sacred to Thor. In addition, they believed that since the acorn was the fruit of an oak tree and was spared God’s wrath, they started to put acorns on their windowsills to keep out bad luck.

The Druids also worshiped the acorn as a symbol of strength and long life. In modern time’s acorns, real or wooden imitations were put on windowsills to bring luck to the home.

Some believe that carrying a dried Acorn can give the gift of youth to the wearer. The acorn can also be used for wealth and attraction of the opposite sex.

The good fortune associated with real acorns extends to those made of gold, silver, or some other substance. So don’t be surprised to see all sorts of good luck acorn charms made out of almost anything from metal to plastic or other materials.


Young girls wore sprigs of basil on their chest to signify their virginity in central Europe until a few generations ago. The people believed the basil would wither if the girl were not as advertised. It was also common for married women to wear a sprig of basil in their hair to show their love for their husbands.

For bachelors looking for a wife in Elizabethan Europe, they considered carrying basil good luck. In Africa, it was used to cure traumatic shock, to ward off bad spells, and an antidote for scorpion bites. A form of basil called tulashi was imported to America in the 1960’s for the followers of the hare Krishnas, a Hindu-inspired group. It was thought to give good luck to all the followers of this sect.

Basil is a Sacred Herb in some countries, especially in India, where it figures in the worship of the god Vishnu. Soak it in water for three days and sprinkle the water at your doorstep to bring money and success. It’s said to drive away evil, and promotes a happy family. They say sprinkle dried basil on the kitchen floor and then sweep it out the door because “Evil can’t stay where basil has been.”


All over the world, ancient tombs contained beans, real, or representations, because they were thought to contain the spark of life. To the Egyptians, beans were a symbol of immortality and to the Romans; beans had the power to repel ghosts.

In the southern United States, people eat black-eyed peas for luck on New Year’s Eve. In many parts of Europe, a bean is baked inside a Christmas cake and the person who finds the bean in their piece will have good luck all year.

These are just four symbols of nature’s good luck food symbols. There will be more of nature’s good luck symbols in future articles.

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Questions about Good Luck Foods

Sharon asks…

The little bean/seed in good luck charms?

I see it alot here in the mexican community, good luck charms with a little seed/bean, its red with a little black dot on it. Does anyone know what it is and better yet what its called?

Suzi Q answers:

I have a necklace made of them, I think they originated in China (I got mine in China Town) but i don’t know what they’re called.

Edit: found this site

red beans?

Mark asks…

How do you make a “Good luck peach”?

I had one at a Asian restaurant. it was hand made , steamed, filled with some type of sweet bean paste and individually painted. It was wonderful!

Suzi Q answers:

No idea, but i have had a similar one made of ice cream. Looked exactly like a peach and was painted…….Yum.

John asks…

Recipe that has lentil beans but you can’t tell?

I know that is a weird request, but for the new year I want to have everyone in my family eat lentils because I heard they are good luck. The only problem is, my father hates the texture of beans, so he won’t eat them. Could some one give me an idea with how to hide the bean consistency of lentils in a recipe? I thought about crushing them and making bread or something but I don’t know of anyone who has done that.
Also, if anyone can think of a way to hide the consistency of black eyed peas that would be great too!

Suzi Q answers:

Easy you make black eyed pea dip.
Here is a recipe.

1 3/4cup dried black-eyed peas
5 canned jalapeno peppers — or to taste seeded and chopped
(reserve liquid)
1/3cup onion — chopped
1 clove garlic — minced
1cup butter or smart balance
2cup American, Cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese — shredded
4oz canned green chilies — chopped
1tablespoon jalepeno pepper liquid

ash and cook peas. Combine with jalepeno peppers, onion and garlic in blender container. Blend until smoth Set aside. Combine butter and cheese in top of double boiler Cook and stir over low heat until melted. Add chilies, jalepeno liquid and pea mixture. Heat thoroughly and serve over corn chips. Tastes even better when reheated.

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