Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Lucky peppers?

A post on this website of 2 December 2019 enquired if embroidered artificial peppers (Capsicum annuum) seen in a closed Chinese restaurant in Salisbury had any ritual significance.

In February 2022 a Chinese shop in Newport Court, Soho, London, displayed a number of ‘lucky charms, including lucky cats – £6.99 each, two for £12 – and a range of lucky tigers (the incoming year being the year of the tiger), priced from £2.99 to £9.99.  Most of these charms had artificial, presumably plastic or ceramic, peppers attached to them.  Presumably the  colour of the peppers, red which considered to be lucky in China, accounts for their use in lucky charms, etc.?

Image:  lucky cats, Newport Court, 2 February 2022.

  • Upcoming Events

  • Recent Plants

  • Archives