Rubiya, also called loubia, or black-eyed peas, are among the vegetables listed in the Talmud for the eve of the New Year. The Aramaic word “rubiya” sounds like words for things like “multiply” and “plentiful.” I thought these Yin-Yang beans or calypso beans from Purcell Mountain Farm would be close enough. When the beans are raw, they are very striking. After soaking for a couple of hours they look like this:
And then after cooking another couple of hours their markings are still visible, but considerably less dramatic.
There's a recipe to come. This was good. May our good fortune be plentiful and our good works multiply in the coming year.
calypso beans, yin-yang beans, black-eyed peas, rubia, rubiya, loubia, lobia
סימני ראש־השנה, ריש־שתא רוביא,