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CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WITH LENTILS, POMEGRANATE AND RED UNDERWEAR

To welcome the New Year, Italians all have their own regional traditions. However, here are three customs that are mostly shared across the peninsula and the islands:

Lentils are known since ancient times for their great nutritional value and are associated with coins because of their shape. For Italians eating lentils on the last day of the year means having a year of abundance, money and economic rewards. Traditionally lentils are served with cotechino (pork sausage) or zampone (stuffed pork knuckle). The fatty and nutritious pork meat equally stands for abundance and prosperity.

Another custom is to eat pomegranate the last night of the year as a symbol of fidelity and fertility. Eating this delicious fruit together with your partner, boyfriend or husband is a sign of devotion and prosperity.

Following the color of pomegranate seeds, it is believed that wearing red underwear on December 31 will bring love and luck in the New Year. Yet the custom is that it has to be thrown away the next day.

What is the New Year tradition in your country?

Photo and recipe for cotechino and lentils: http://www.dissapore.com/grande-notizia/ricetta-cotechino-e-lenticchie/

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YEAH!! ! IT’S POMEGRANATE TIME!

In Sardinia the pomegranate fruit is often seen on party tables, as a symbol of abundance, fertility and prosperity. It is considered the king of fruits for his particular petiole shaped crown. Pomegranate plants are found in private gardens and orchards – they have a great ornamental effect, especially the specimens with twisted trunks and branches.

The fruit is of spherical shape with a shiny red skin. It tightly holds a multitude of red berries, which have a delicious sweet and slightly sour taste. The berries look very pretty – like small rubies – have fewer calories, great nutritional value and contain lots of healthy antioxidants and flavonoids.

The pomegranate can be used to make jams, drinks, liquor or in cosmetic products. I personally eat them raw, enjoying slowly each and every one of the berries. How do you prefer them?

Photo credit: www.fitlista.com
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