According to folklore, you can predict the winter weather with a persimmon seed. Here’s how to do it:
Persimmons are small orange fruits the size of a plum. The fruits may be sold anywhere, but the trees usually grow in zones 6 or warmer.
How to Predict Weather With a Persimmon Seed
Cut open a persimmon seed. (Find persimmon fruit in your supermarket. It should be locally-grown to reflect your weather.)
Look at the shape of the kernel inside.
- If the kernel is spoon-shaped, lots of heavy, wet snow will fall. Spoon = shovel!
- If it is fork-shaped, you can expect powdery, light snow and a mild winter.
- If the kernel is knife-shaped, expect to be “cut” by icy, cutting winds.
It’s best to use ripe seeds.
That’s it! Now, what did you see?
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Another classic tradition for predicting winter weather is to use a woolly bear caterpillar. Find out how!
Or, check out how The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts the weather.
Persimmon Pudding Recipe
Now what do you do with those persimmons? Make persimmon pudding! This is a baked dessert with the taste of pumpkin and the texture of gingerbread. (Yum!)
This persimmon pudding recipe is from the “Indiana Nut Growers Cookbook” (1995), courtesy of the Indiana Nutgrowers Association.
2 Cups persimmon pulp
2 Cups sugar
3 small eggs
½ stick (4 Tablespoons) margarine
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ Cup buttermilk
1-¾ Cups sweet cream (or milk)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 Tablespoons additional persimmon pulp
1-¾ Cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
- Mix together the persimmon pulp, sugar and eggs.
- Mix baking soda with buttermilk and add to mixture in bowl.
- Melt margarine in baking pan and add to mixture.
- Sift flour and baking powder together and add alternately with cream or milk. Add cinnamon and mix well.
- Fold in the additional 2 Tablespoons persimmon pulp.
- Pour into 13 x 9-inch metal pan and bake at 350 °F for 55-60 minutes. Be careful not to over bake.
Serve with a dollop of whipped cream!
Persimmons can also be made into breads, dried fruit, canned into jam, and even alcohol.
For some fun, check out the Persimmon Festival held every September in Indiana.