How Noodles, Pomegranates Feed Culinary New Year Traditions

A recent USA Today story investigating foods traditionally eaten to celebrate the New Year sought the expertise of MET Director of Gastronomy Megan Elias.

As Elias explained, in Japanese and Chinese cultures, noodles, given their length, can symbolize long life and good luck. Because of this, noodles are often enjoyed as the calendar turns to the New Year, or the Chinese Lunar New Year. Pomegranates are also a popular choice of festive delicacies, she said, because not only are they ripest around the end of December, but their Middle Eastern roots imbue a “symbolic power because they come from a land where so many religions come from.”

Read more at USA Today.