The Spiritual Table: Symbolic Foods Quiz
by Staff
When filing taxes, do you dine on prosperous lentils, and when you're stuck in a rut, do you spring for progressive pork? Probably not, but cultures around the world have attached so much symbolism to food that you could plan an entire diet around whatever good fortune you wish to come your way. Test how well you know the meaning behind certain meals with the Symbolic Foods Quiz from TLC Cooking.

What ingredient in deep-friend Jewish latkes holds special symbolism during Hannukah?

  • potatoes
  • oil
  • green onions

Which of the following foods doesn't symbolize prosperity for Chinese New Year celebrations?

  • fish
  • pears
  • mustard greens

Which fruit plays a starring role in Italian and Spanish New Year traditions?

  • grapes
  • oranges
  • apples

Pineapple displayed as a symbol of hospitality originated in what country?

  • Brazil
  • United States
  • Jamaica

Eggs became closely associated with Easter by representing what?

  • fertility
  • Christ's tomb
  • purity

Which of the following foods isn't associated with good luck?

  • noodles
  • pork
  • chicken

A candy cane's shape most likely represents what part of the Biblical Christmas story?

  • An unsidedown
  • A shepherd's crook
  • The crucifiction of Christ

Women wanting to get pregnant might want to dine on what symbolic meat?

  • veal
  • rabbit
  • duck

In ancient Rome, celebrants broke wedding cakes over brides' heads to symbolize what?

  • purity
  • fertility
  • fidelity

During New Year festivities, Chinese avoid eating what color of food?

  • white
  • red
  • green