Fish For Fertility, Beans For Money

by Zoë Pollock

Annette Foglino rounds up the luckiest foods for the New Year:

[O]ur Congressional slang “pork barrel” echoes a time when Americans stored salted pork in wooden barrels and the amount of meat indicated the state of the family’s circumstances. In folklore the pig is considered an animal of progress because it moves forward while rooting around for food. Chickens and turkeys scratch backward and are believed by some people to represent setbacks and struggle in the coming year, making them an unpopular choice for a New Year’s Day dinner.