Superstitions have been around for centuries, evolving from cultural and religious beliefs at different times and different places in history. For some people, they may just be spooky superstitions, but for others, they’re a part of a culture and are taken seriously. And some of the freakiest superstitions just happen to involve food.
Where exactly do these superstitions about foods such as basil, hard-boiled eggs, and noodles come from? Well, the origin varies with each one. Oftentimes when something happens that can’t be explained, people tend to tie events together, creating superstitions. Most superstitions probably grew out of old wives' tales or religious beliefs. We found some pretty strange superstitions about these foods and more that involve the devil, witches, evil spirits, scorpions, and really bad luck.
A few of them — including that bad luck comes from spilling salt — you may have heard of before. But others — like that a scorpion will enter your brain if you smell basil — may give you the creeps!
Since the spooky season is upon us, we’ve shared some of those freaky superstitions so that you know how to ward off the devil and avoid the Evil Eye, and to never to bring a banana on a boat.
Haley WIllard is The Daily Meal's assistant editor. Follow her on Twitter @haleywillrd.