Juneteenth Foods

The Lempert Report
June 21, 2022

Today, we honor, and we acknowledge Juneteenth and there's a great story. I highly recommend it in Oprah Daily, written by Mackenzie Jean Felipe talking about the foods for Juneteenth and learned something new. All day, every day. Red foods are the most prominent feature on the Juneteenth menu. That includes soda punch, hibiscus tea, red Velvet cake, red beans, and rice, hot sauce, fruits like strawberry and watermelon. And the historical importance of red food traces back to the times of enslavement, because many of the more common foods of the day were white, green or brown. There was an excitement that came with the rarity of eating red colored foods and also big on barbecues, pork, chicken ribs, hot links and brisket. And then, as side dishes, they have prosperity meals which are corn, cornbread, colored greens, cabbage, black eyed peas, pork potatoes, yams, and sweet potatoes. And another fact, I didn't know, black eyed peas and pork represent wealth. Collared greens, or any dish using leafy vegetables are said to bring good fortune and corn symbolizes gold. So we learn something new all the time.