Food Superstitions Around The World

Most of us are familiar with the old ritual of throwing salt over your shoulder if you spill some, but did you know it was to blind the devil sneaking up on you? Here are some other foodie superstitions found around the world:


Eggs have a lot of beliefs attached to them. If you find an egg with two yolks, it means you will be expecting twins soon. In the 1500’s, when breaking an egg, you were supposed to smash both ends, too. Why? If you didn’t, a witch would come by and use the shells to build a boat, head out to sea, and conjure up a dangerous storm. If she’s small enough to fit inside an eggshell boat, though, how bad could that storm possibly be?


In Asia, there are dozens of chicken superstitions. In Korea, wives shouldn’t fry up chicken wings (or the wings of any bird) for their husbands, or else they might “take flight” and leave them. In China, whole chickens represent unity, so families serve them during New Year’s celebrations.


Scoring the top of a loaf of bread helps heat get into the dough and stretch it out, but on Irish soda bread, that scoring is in the shape of a cross. This is a traditional ritual that’s meant to bless the baking and keep the devil away.


Fruit plays a big part in another New Year’s tradition, this time in the Philippines. People eat a total of 12 round fruits, one for each month, to encourage prosperity and enjoy nature’s gifts. I love fruit, but 12 sounds like a lot. Maybe 12 cherries would count?


Next to water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. There are countless superstitions surrounding it. One is if you find undissolved sugar on the bottom of the cup, someone is secretly in love with you. You should also never pour milk before sugar into your tea, or you’ll never find love.