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Predicting Weather Using a Persimmon Seed!

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According to folklore, you can predict the weather with a persimmon seed. Here's how to do it:

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?

Persimmon Seed Split Open
Photo credit: Tammie Dooley/www.soloroadtrip.com
 

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I live in southeast mo and

By amanda pankey on October 29

I live in southeast mo and have seen many seeds opened up and all have been spoons. Last year they were knives. I believe that it might be an actual thing guess we will see...

I believe in the persimmons

By Leon Shields on October 11

I believe in the persimmons seed perdiction.

Plentiful in Corydon, IN We

By Joyce Oglesby on October 11

Plentiful in Corydon, IN

We have only three trees at our home in Indiana. I have never seen the abundance of fruit still hanging and falling from these trees! And, they are more beautiful this year than I have ever taken note of before. I wish I liked them. Folks here love persimmon pie and pudding, but it's not something I can acquire the taste for. I love all sorts of foods. Intending to look for a bread or loaf recipe. Surely there is some way I can learn to appreciate their flavor. I understand they are highly medicinal, and that is typically an incentive for me. But alas, I have failed to appreciate the flavor of persimmon regardless of its benefits. We have gallons upon gallons of these off of three trees! I'm a farm gal from girlhood, and love the art of preserving. It saddens me, as I'm sure it does The Lord, to see them go to waste! So from Corydon, Indiana ... snuggle up, folks, it's going to be a frozen wet winter! Just in time for my new multifaceted mystery novel - "Grandma's Jewels and the Legacy Behind Them." Go to Amazon and get your copy. Then, get the fire going and read, read, read! It's a "Gone with the Wind"/"Legends of the Fall" thriller with a twist! Your favorite persimmon recipe, a cup of coffee/tea, and Grandma Grace! That's the way to beat this winter!

"It saddens me as i'm sure it

By Reggicat on October 21

"It saddens me as i'm sure it does the Lord to see them go to waste".... absolutely not true. Deer love them as well as turtles, possums, rabbits, coons, rodents such as squirrels, moles, even coyotes. Ive seen this first hand as I was raised on farm all my life in TN. So dont fret, God takes care of his animals :)

I don't like them either but

By jdmcchevy on October 18

I don't like them either but I make one out of them and it's awesome

My mother in law purchased

By CharlotteB on October 10

My mother in law purchased and planted a male and female tree in my back yard. It is FULL of fruit this year. BUT - according to one of the comments above, the male tree doesn't grown fruit. Needed for fertization. BOTH of mine have fruit, the male is smaller and has less fruit and I did a jolly good job trimming the heck out of the trees this summer. I know - wrong time but they were so overgrown and they were FULL of fruit at that point. I'm moving within the next 6 months to my family ancestral home (restoring it)...and will be planting at least 4 of these trees....for the fruit and shade. One sad pear tree at the farmhouse...planted the day Great Uncle Jack was born in 1905. Need some Peach trees too. :)

I live in SW Mississippi and

By Gunter on October 9

I live in SW Mississippi and the house I just moved into has a Persimmon Tree in the back yard. I heard about the seeds predicting the winter so I cut 6 in half. I hope these seeds know what they are talking about because we need a good hearty winter here. The seeds were all spoons so looks like I need to purchase a snow shovel before everyone else does.

Could you tell me how you cut

By Kim Griffin/Hurt on October 21

Could you tell me how you cut the seeds open without cutting yourself? We have a tree that is on our back lot ( we didn't plant it), all of the fruit is up high on the tree, I was able to knock one off using a big stick, the others are to high up to get. It had 5/6 seeds in it ( Is it normal for one fruit to have that many seeds in it?), I tried everything I could think of to get the seeds open, they were very hard seeds and I 1st tried a knife point and a grapefruit utensil, but they were so hard I was afraid I'd cut myself, I then tried pliers but it crushed the seed to where I couldn't identify what was inside. I would appreciate any info. Thank You

Just make sure that the

By Debbie Curry on October 23

Just make sure that the persimmon is very ripe. Mine have all been very easy to cut open. I live in Missouri.

Northwest, North

By Wanda C on October 9

Northwest, North Carolina
Hubby just opened a persimmon seed ... A spoon for us :-)

In which direction do I cut

By Lori Nelson dental

In which direction do I cut the seeds?

We have several persimmon

By Gale Landry on October 6

We have several persimmon trees and coyotes all over our farm. When we walk in the AM our frontage road is black toped and we are constantly finding their scat with persimmon seeds in it. Who knew?

We have a persimmon tree in

By Loreen Silvarahawk

We have a persimmon tree in our yard in Madisonville, TN. I cut open a seed and therein is a spoon. I took a picture of it to see if it comes true.

I would love some persimmon

By Lorisa Buckley

I would love some persimmon seeds if anyone would like to get rid of some. I would appreciate some from a male and female trees if possible. If anyone would be able or willing to send me some in an envelope that would be marked if they are from the male or female trees. Please send me a PM on facebook for my address. I am easy to find, I am the only Lorisa Buckley in Red Oak, Iowa. Thank You in advance.

I'll send you some. The

By tbeck3579

I'll send you some. The seeds are produced in the fruit, and only female trees produce fruit. You need a male and a female tree to produce fruit, so you will need to grow quite a few trees to make sure you have both. You can't tell from the seeds if it will grow up to be male or female. The trees are quite large and it takes 7-10 years before they produce anything.

I live in Ohio...do you still

By Melissa K. Thomas on October 8

I live in Ohio...do you still have seeds available for shipping???? I teach special ed and they would love this!!!! I have around 35 students. Let me know! Thanks! Missy

Hello! I'm interested in

By mrsbare

Hello! I'm interested in having some persimmon seeds if you have any more to share!

I can send you some seeds but

By Amy Garmon

I can send you some seeds but I don't know the difference between male and female

I would love some seeds as

By Dawn Barrett

I would love some seeds as well..also I can send you a SASE too.. Why do we need to know the male /female gender of the seeds, and how do we plant these?? I need more info on them please. I just think they are quite fascinating!

Am interested in seeds as

By Lori Plymesser

Am interested in seeds as well. Email me with info please!

What does it mean if you find

By Susan Fortman

What does it mean if you find a "spork" in your persimmon? We found one like that last year.

That means you're going to

By Crewmax42 on October 1

That means you're going to get snowed in while eating at Bojangles.
:^)

Good question! Our best guess

By Almanac Staff

Good question! Our best guess is that the prediction would be for a mixed winter--light fluffy snow and relatively milder temperatures, but with periods of heavy wet snow.

I live in SOUTH ga (35 miles

By PAM CLAY on October 9

I live in SOUTH ga (35 miles North of Tallahassee Florida) We cut 2 open last night & we had spoons in ours ~ but, I KNOW we will not get LOTS of snow, but, I assume that means a "wet winter" ????

where can I find seeds around

By debra dellbringge

where can I find seeds around Jefferson City,MO.I have no clue where the grocery stores get there fruit,so it may not be a local fruit seed.

There are only native

By native Mo on October 11

There are only native persimmons grown in Mo. This is the perfect time to find them and their juicy ripe. Look in mixed hardwood forest (hills not bottom land) and or along edges of forest. They will be cherry tomato size.

I live in San Antonio Texas-

By Sandra Scott

I live in San Antonio Texas- found persimmons at the store but don't know where they're ftom. Anyone know where I can find them locally? I'd love to find a spoon!!!

I found a tree near my house.

By Brenda Culpepper

I found a tree near my house. I picked up several seed tonight just to try it. I opened 3 and they were all spoons. I'll be glad to send you some seed and send you one already cut to make sure you get a spoon.

Sunrise Estates pavilion off

By Jacquee

Sunrise Estates pavilion off I-70 has a persimmon tree

We had persimmon trees where

By Lee Sullivan

We had persimmon trees where I grew up and looking inside the seeds after eating the fruit was our favorite part. I didn't know the knife, fork, and spoon predicted weather and I find it hard to believe since we always found all three. People who were not familiar with the persimmon didn't believe me when I told them about the seeds having knives, forks and spoons. Don't understand why they'd think I would 'make up' such a story.
But thanks to you the proof is in the pudding. :)

Call it as you see it, if you

By Lindy too

Call it as you see it, if you don't believe it that's okay, every one has the right to see it as they choose, but my great dear uncle did this for years, (split persimmon seeds in the fall) and when he was gone we checked the persimmon seeds for our area. And they have held true to for in predictions most often. However you cannot open just one seed and get the results. It takes several seeds. For example.... in a snow prediction there are at times a few forks, knives and spoon shaped seeds that are on the tree. But, if it is going to be a lot of snow-- there is more spoon seeds than any other kind of shapes inside the persimmon seeds. Its like the Caterpillar predictions-- you can't always determine it by one Caterpillar. It takes observing many over time. But be cautious Persimmon seeds are toxic. So don't eat the seeds. As a matter of fact, this year for our area it was spoons and yes, we had already had lots of cold and snow and its just late January.

Here in SW MO, our persimmon

By Percy Mann

Here in SW MO, our persimmon seeds was shaped like a spider monkey wearing a tuxedo. I checked the almanac and it says we should see an increase in shoplifting with an elevated chance of winning the lottery.

That's just weird. Our seeds

By Purse Imman

That's just weird. Our seeds near Joplin were shaped more like sporks stuck in some beef jerky. Our pastor says that means demons will probably join the girl scouts and try to raise the cookie prices. Better stock up now on thin mints.

Ummm... has it occurred to

By bwcumberdale

Ummm... has it occurred to anybody that the reason most seeds appear to have a "spoon" shape is simply because this is the standard appearance, while other shapes are unusual variations, given that persimmons are native to temperate climates where snow in the winter is likely? Most all seeds have the spoon shape because that is their natural form. This does not indicate snow; persimmons grow in climates where snow is likely. Use your brains. Correlation does not equal causation. Oh and by the way, I have a lot of money tied up in a bank account in Nigeria, and I need somebody to help me get it out, and you will be generously rewarded for your effort...

Why you gotta be a party

By Adenton

Why you gotta be a party pooper... Glad you know everything!!

Yes, with a Master's and 2

By tbeck3579

Yes, with a Master's and 2 years of statistics I'm quite aware of the science behind it. However, I like to have fun and don't particularly care if my logic conflicts with that.

With you on this one. I'll

By justanengineer

With you on this one.

I'll never understand why people think it's fun to speak (post) like a blithering idiot in public.

I'll never understand why

By tbeck3579

I'll never understand why people feel the need to act superior, when the cruelty they display is evidence to the contrary.

Sounds like someone has the

By Joshua Bishop

Sounds like someone has the spooon, knife, and fork shoved up their ass! It dosent pay to an ass.

Lol :)

By chasity ann

Lol :)

some people have to try to

By debra dellbringge

some people have to try to take a the fun out of everything. If you believe great if you dont great but always having to be Literal,is boring

You really need to loosen up

By oh please....

You really need to loosen up and have a lil' fun and imagination with a large sense of humor. Life is too short to be a high and dry ol' fart. That equals up to....boring! Live a little friend, live a little.

Well said! Lighten up people?

By Jonna

Well said! Lighten up people? Enjoy....

What a buzz-kill you are!

By folklore fan

What a buzz-kill you are! I'll bet you tell terrible jokes also!!!

Last month, my daughter

By Karen Doe

Last month, my daughter brought persimmons from our tree in Rogers, AR to school for her biology class to dissect the seeds. There were 16 spoons, one fork, and two knives.

Spoons here in the Central

By Persimmon Pam

Spoons here in the Central Valley of California. Hopefully that means plenty of rain, cause we sure do need it!! You can keep your snow and anything below 34 degrees in the mountains and back East where it belongs ;-)

I did a science activity with

By Denise Jones-Nartey

I did a science activity with my students and got 19 spoons, 4 forks and 9 knives ( which might have been spoons).

Spoons in Nashville Tennessee

By Perry H.

Spoons in Nashville Tennessee

I live in SE Kansas, 50 miles

By Leroy Mathew

I live in SE Kansas, 50 miles from OK and 65 from MO, and this year none of my persimmons have any seeds no matter what size. First time in 24 years since the tree has been producing.

thats kind of scary

By debra dellbringge

thats kind of scary

I would love to have a few

By Danny M

I would love to have a few seeds if anyone has them, I would like to try and get some persimmon tree seedlings to transplant to some property that we have recently purchased. We had them as a kid on the farm that we grew up on. If anyone has the seeds and would send them to me, I am more than willing to pay postage, and a little for your time and effort. I am near Kansas City, thanks

We have several large

By JKH7256 on October 2

We have several large persimmon tree on our property at Lake of the Ozarks. The trees are LOADED with fruit. I would be happy to send some if you are still interested.
Ken

When we lived on the farm

By OzarkMtnNana

When we lived on the farm there was a large grove of Persimmon Trees but they were all MALES and even though they had lots of blooms they never made any persimmons. Now we have a Persimmon Tree in our retirement home yard and I have a lot of persimmon trees come up voluntarily in my yard. But you can't tell until they are grown if they are the male or female. From what I read, if you plant your own, you will need to graft a branch from a known female tree to assure fruit.

It may seem obvious, but what

By Glenn Commons

It may seem obvious, but what do you do with the seeds prior to planting them: dry them, let them freeze over the winter as they would do in fruit left on the ground, or what? When do you plant the seeds? How long until you can expect fruit?

They need a "chilling" cycle

By tbeck3579

They need a "chilling" cycle so it is better to put them in the ground. It takes 7-10 years before they will produce. You need both a male tree and a female tree, only the female will produce fruit. If you are interested in growing them do a Google search. There is a lot of good information.

We have persimmon trees here

By kcchiefs78

We have persimmon trees here and are about 2 hours south of you if interested let me know and maybe we can send you a few.

Hi, I had a guy at work bring

By Danny Mathia

Hi, I had a guy at work bring my 50 or 60 seeds, and a family from Pittsburgh is going to send me a few in the mail, so I have plenty. Thank you for the reply, and the offer to send me some, I really do appreciate the offer!

We have lots of persimmon

By John & Lois Amershek

We have lots of persimmon seeds in Pittsburg, KS. If you send us your address, we will mail you some.We have about 5 or 6 trees. I don't know if there are any seedlings or not. We have a "spoon" in the seed, so lots of heavy, wet snow is predicted.

Being a Southern California

By Don Kopczynski

Being a Southern California guy this is the first time using a persimmon seed to predict the weather, which I think is very "hick", but married a "hick" from Missouri which is a Southern Belle. We now reside in Caplinger Mills Missouri, we got 3 seeds and all are "spoons". Get your shovels ready and a good back brace to shovel the wet snow!! Enjoy your beautiful Winter!!!

What is it with SoCal guys

By Seedwitch on October 9

What is it with SoCal guys marrying Missouri women? My husband is from Long Beach, I'm from rural west-central MO. I dragged him from CA to rural NE Oklahoma so I could garden and raise chickens :) he thinks a lot of the things I do are "hick" ideas, but they work!

Have cut a total of 3 seeds

By Jelita

Have cut a total of 3 seeds and they all have been spoons here in Bloomfield Indiana!

All spoons in Griffin,

By Kathy C Griffin

All spoons in Griffin, Georgia! November 2013.

A very clear spoon in Granada

By Marcela

A very clear spoon in Granada Hills CA on November 11, 2013.However, it hasn't snowed here since around 1994 or so, it was just one day then, and it was gone by the afternoon.

We have Spoons in Hackett,

By Gary Lankford

We have Spoons in Hackett, Arkansas!!! ^_^

Get yer shovels out boys....8

By Blake Newsome

Get yer shovels out boys....8 oughta 8 spoons !!!

Southeast Oklahoma here, ALL

By Debi Southwest OK

Southeast Oklahoma here, ALL spoons in the 10 we opened up. Snow and more snow.

We opened a seed yesterday

By Sharon Matheny

We opened a seed yesterday and it had a knife in it.Looks like we are going to have cold weather here in Purcell Oklahoma

sorry about last post, I live

By Debi Southeast OK

sorry about last post, I live in Southeast OK

I have spoons in Central

By Nikki Ryan

I have spoons in Central Missouri!

Here in Grain Valley,Mo I cut

By Josey

Here in Grain Valley,Mo I cut open 11 seeds. All had spoons

I'm a city boy moved to table

By jim nall

I'm a city boy moved to table rock lake in ozarks.
my persimmon trees have tons of fruit but when i cut them open (Nov 2013) and crack the seed in half i can't see anything that loks like a knife fork or spoon. what am i doing wrong?
The seeds (kernels?) inside are shaped like teardrops. Is that a spoon?

Those "teardrop" "kernels"

By Rae Piazza on October 8

Those "teardrop" "kernels" are the seeds... Those are what u need to split in half. You can't really "crack" them. Usually you get a knife or razor blade and cut them in half so it resembles a tiny clam. Then look inside and u will see the spoon, knife or fork.

I crack my seed open like I

By sheryl4osu

I crack my seed open like I would a sunflower seed. Try that and see if you see any spoons/forks/knives. Good luck!

I don't know how you are

By Bernadine

I don't know how you are 'cracking' the seeds(kernels)in half, but if you split them in the center you should see something resembling a spoon, fork, or knife. Please refer to the photo on the Almanac site.

Be sure that you are cutting

By Almanac Staff

Be sure that you are cutting the seed right in the middle, evenly along the seam of the seed coat. Also, make sure that the fruit is ripe; it is possible that the seeds have not fully developed yet (that's our best guess).

If you've cut the seed properly and the fruit is mature, we're stumped. Could it be that it's just the way your plant grows? There will be some variability in seeds depending on cultivar and species of persimmon (American vs. Asian persimmon, for example).

Cut one open today and got a

By frawgsis

Cut one open today and got a spoon also so looking forward to lots of wet snow here in central Oklahoma!

I cut several seeds open

By Linda Peden

I cut several seeds open today and found knives and spoons. I had about 13 seeds and I live in Columbia, Tennessee. Hope you don't mind me commenting

All spoons here in Alabama!

By Beverly Marquis

All spoons here in Alabama!

ALL spoons in Northeast

By John R Camp

ALL spoons in Northeast Georgia.

Tried 3 different seeds and

By Wayne hellard

Tried 3 different seeds and they all came up spoons. Kellyville, OK.

We have spoons in OKC/Choctaw

By Jennifer Coffman

We have spoons in OKC/Choctaw area!

Richland, MO - 3 Persimmons

By AJ Hughes

Richland, MO - 3 Persimmons and 3 seeds all SPOONS!

Spoon in Miami, Oklahoma

By Jenny Rice

Spoon in Miami, Oklahoma

Spoon in Augusta, MO.

By Jimmy N.

Spoon in Augusta, MO.

Do you have pictures of what

By Sonya Little

Do you have pictures of what these spoons and forks look like?

Southeast Kansas, yesterday

By KansasGirl

Southeast Kansas, yesterday afternoon....6 seeds=6 spoons

Husband brought in about 10

By SMoffit

Husband brought in about 10 seeds he split open and all were spoons. Ozark Arkansas

We live in Mannford,Ok. My

By Tclark

We live in Mannford,Ok.
My husband and I cut open 4 seeds from a tree on our land, all 4 were spoons...plan to cut open a few more later.

All Spoons here in Peculiar

By K Grider

All Spoons here in Peculiar Missouri.

That's Strange...

By capslock

That's Strange...

Opened 6 seeds, 5 spoons and

By Twila

Opened 6 seeds, 5 spoons and 1 fork here in buffalo, ks

My brothers n i have opened

By christina pippin

My brothers n i have opened around 10 persimmions.....all SPOONS!!! Higginsville Mo!!!

Spoon here in Lamar,Arkansas

By Carrie Hall

Spoon here in Lamar,Arkansas cut 10/17

3 Seeds, 3 Spoons; Near

By Karl Puckett

3 Seeds, 3 Spoons; Near Cumby, Texas; northeast Texas. Looking forward to making some snowmen.

Looks like snow here in

By JanetRenae

Looks like snow here in Durant,Okla.7 persimmons were cut open with all spoons..

10-12-13 in West Plains, MO,

By Jendy

10-12-13 in West Plains, MO, I opened 4 persimmon seeds and they were all spoons! Bring on the snow!!

Oct 13, 2013. 20 miles south

By stacy friedman

Oct 13, 2013. 20 miles south of st.louis missouri. All spoons!!!! Get out your shovels everyone ;-)

October 2013 northeast

By Laura Johnston

October 2013 northeast oklahoma we found spoonsIin three different seeds.

All spoons. Heavy, wet snow

By James Fiddler

All spoons. Heavy, wet snow for NE Oklahoma. And I learned my pocket knife may be a little too sharp...

I cut 3 open POPLARVILLE,MS.

By vicki ladner

I cut 3 open POPLARVILLE,MS. all was spoons

checked 2 trees both spoons

By Randy Tull

checked 2 trees both spoons Indy Ks take a pair of regular pliars put the seed in oblong and gently squeeze until it cracks open then open with knife`

I cut 2 persimmon seed

By tiny hay

I cut 2 persimmon seed yesterday. it was spoons. sounds not good in western ky.

In Duluth, GA, I cut open a

By Chris Jamison

In Duluth, GA, I cut open a half-dozen seeds. All were spoons. [All except one - it looked like Elvis ;)]

The kids are ecstatic, since we missed out on snow last winter.

I live in Northeast Texas and

By Carrie A Anderson

I live in Northeast Texas and I cut a seed open yesterday(from a tree on our property) I got a spoon! I will probably try a few more. Last year I got the same and we had a white Christmas!

Opened 3 persimmon seeds this

By Deborah D Phillips

Opened 3 persimmon seeds this morning, Sept. 26th 2013, all were spoons. So, I'm assuming cold wet winter, according to my grandmother, cold and lots snow. Maybe we'll have a White Christmas this year, Shirley, Arkansas

I open up 2 seeds this

By Dawayne G

I open up 2 seeds this afternoon Sept 28th From Caddo Gap, Arkansas and they where all spoons. let it snow ,snow, snow

I CUT ONE OPEN TODAY AN THERE

By kath Graham

I CUT ONE OPEN TODAY AN THERE WAS A KNIFE IN IT,Guntown,Ms.Which means icy ,cutting winds.

I just opened 72 persimmon

By T-Rick

I just opened 72 persimmon seeds here in Miami, FL. All spoons. Heavy snow for South Florida!!!!

Well, here in Huntsville, Not

By HeidiLou

Well, here in Huntsville, Not far at all from Elkins where I saw a post from. And were pretty much in the heart of NW Ark. And today I opened 17 Persimmons ( and not one cut, that's a miracle in itself! LOL) Anyway, they were ALL SPOONS! And I read what that means, so i'm really going to be paying attention this winter and also checking a few more seeds. That was a kick!

I just asked my nanna. She

By NannasBoy

I just asked my nanna. She said that Jesus made the persimmon so the apostles had desert with their fish and bread thing. The trick is to hold the seeds in your hand while walking on water. If you sink immediatly, the winter will cause at least two school closings, but if you sorta float for a split second before you sink, then you should hold your stock until spring and then sell only after confirming with a tarot card reader. (Don't use that Jackson girl, she caused our pastor to over-indulge with alcohol and we had to use a rabid coyote to expel the demons.)

In Elkins, AR, our seeds are

By Rodneyelkins

In Elkins, AR, our seeds are just round, but the fruit tastes like caviar with a hint of hollandaise sauce, so you should bet on the Hogs this weekend for sure.

That's weird. Here in Rogers

By Jackblue

That's weird. Here in Rogers Ar, our persimmon seeds are shaped more like a bulldozer. One of those little dozers with the wire cage over the top, but sorta like it has antlers attached to the rear and some kind of mechanical arm protruding from the front like it's directing traffic or something. Not sure what that means...

This is more signigicant than

By Crew

This is more signigicant than I first thought. Our ground hog, failing to see his shadow, grazed on some fruit that fell from our persimmon tree. He, too, saw the spoon shaped seeds and retreated at which time a black cat crossed his path and my uncle felt a pain in his knee. Considering that the crescent moon was tipped that 13th day of September (Friday), I hung a horse shoe upside down over our door and placed garlic around the perimiter of our property. To top it off, I held a four leaf clover over my heart while wishing upon a falling start so I think we are covered but lord have mercey on our neighborhood...

All I see are seeds that look

By JaniceM

All I see are seeds that look like seeds. Where is the spoon, fork or knife?

We opened 3 seeds - all were

By R henson

We opened 3 seeds - all were spoons. Heavy snow for Oklahoma!

You need to cut open the seed

By Almanac Staff

You need to cut open the seed to look inside!

Sept. 8th,2013 ... opened 3

By Olene Little

Sept. 8th,2013 ... opened 3 seeds all had spoons. We are in Gainesville,Ga. about 50 miles north of Atlanta,Ga.

In east texas all spoons.

By Harry Hamilton

In east texas all spoons.

I check my Persimmon Seeds

By Theresa Long

I check my Persimmon Seeds every year. Last year (2012) I got a Knife and a Spoon within several seeds, checking three seeds. It turned out winter was true to the tales, Bitterly Cold with Heavy Wet Snow.. This storm caused my power to go out for many days. Me and my dogs almost froze to death, until a friend and her brother came to get all of us in his 4WD. That was a blessing.

I opened two Persimmon Seeds this morning (August 28th, 2013), right off the tree, with one being ripe and the other green. Both Seeds had spoons. Looks like we are going to have another Heavy Wet Snow for this years winter in Mayflower, Arkansas.

My husband and I cut several

By turtlefyre

My husband and I cut several today and we got all spoons as well, we're near Heber Springs, AR.

Cut seeds this morning all

By Peggyhackett

Cut seeds this morning all spoons, and very defined spoons at that. Get ready for snow in northwest arkansas. We're in Fayetteville .

hi Peggy~ I got the same

By HeidiLou

hi Peggy~ I got the same results, I couldn't believe they were all spoons, and 17 of them! I'm still also amazed that I didn't cut myself and need stitches. Those seeds can be difficult to get into and then you have to try not to destroy whatever utensil is in there that you're trying so desperately to see. I'm getting a little nervous about this winter. ugh But we'll see I guess.

August 31, 2013: Hello

By CNL

August 31, 2013: Hello Mayflower, AR from Hot Springs, AR! To our amazement, today we also found a ripe persimmon! Our seeds had three spoons! I would have expected to find a ripe one in October, but in August?! Hmmm . . .

Cut 3 seeds today in Boxelder

By k, hand

Cut 3 seeds today in Boxelder texas, Red River county and they all had spoons. We don t usually get much snow.

has anyone done this in the

By wildgalgonecountry!

has anyone done this in the Murfreesboro area or around?? Middle Tennessee

We cut a seed here in

By Michael c

We cut a seed here in Franklin, Ky!! We got Spoons!!! Hoping for a snowy winter!! We haven't had one in a few years!

cut open 20 seeds from 5

By Kirt Brinkley

cut open 20 seeds from 5 trees all over the county in NE Missouri. All spoons.

We opened about six and they

By laura baxter

We opened about six and they were all spoons here in Rison, Arkansas

I cut open 6 seeds and

By ralln

I cut open 6 seeds and revealed, 5 spoons and one with a plate and spoon. Can anyone tell me what the plate means. The shape is a circle with a spoon shae on top of it...
Southern Indiana...

Southwest MO...wifes Grandpa

By gary l price

Southwest MO...wifes Grandpa opened 3 and all spoons, but they were last year too...soI figure its best to just wait and see

was their any cut in south

By mdc

was their any cut in south west Missouri around Springfield and Joplin area if so what was it? thanks

I was at an outdoor wedding

By Norita Cox

I was at an outdoor wedding today in Wentzville Mo, and someone opened a seed. It was a spoon!

Opened seeds today and all of

By NE Oklahoma - Wyandotte

Opened seeds today and all of them were definitely spoons.

SW MO ......mine in Granby

By Sherryskym

SW MO ......mine in Granby have knives inside....brace for cold cutting winds

Cut open 30 seeds from ripe

By Rockholt

Cut open 30 seeds from ripe persimmons in my woods in upstate South Carolina. Found 8 knives, 22 spoons and 0 forks. We usually have a variety of snow and ice during the winter and this years looks to be about the same.

We cut open 7 or 8 today in

By witchly1

We cut open 7 or 8 today in Western MO (Jackson County)and all were spoons.

10/31/2012 We have several

By Zentko

10/31/2012
We have several persimmon trees in our yard here in central Indiana. I have opened 12 of them and all of them show spoons. Last year all of them were forks.

Cut open five persimmon seeds

By Addie Gaines

Cut open five persimmon seeds and found 3 knives and 2 spoons in SW MO.

We have cut open seeds from

By Missourian

We have cut open seeds from about 8 different trees in different cities in Barry County, MO and all of them had spoons. (All in October, 2012)

Iive in western WV we found

By bjocoop

Iive in western WV we found all spoons... Last year they
were all forks...we need a hard winter for a great
growing season 2013

spoon here in southwest

By jnjbree

spoon here in southwest Missouri

Oklahoma. We looked last

By Oklahoma Gal

Oklahoma. We looked last week (October) and found spoons.

All spoons. Tree is in the

By Bob Haddock

All spoons. Tree is in the back yard. Excelsior Springs, MO.

Sorry, I meant Oct 2012 we

By Diane (Di Di)

Sorry, I meant Oct 2012 we opened 4 spoons out of 6 persimmons. Middletown, VA

Have cut open bunches of

By Motherofsixpack

Have cut open bunches of seeds of several trees. All spoons with the exception of a couple of knives. Most likely a cold, snowy winter. Have yet to see a wooly worm though. We had spoons last year in our seeds. Was an extremely mild winter and nary a snowflake flew. Would really like some snow this year. :) Located in SW MO.

I seen a wooly worm yesterday

By Tami N

I seen a wooly worm yesterday and he was dark brown aroud edges and black in middle. I guess here in central AR we are finally going to get cold.

I cut open 3 persimmon seeds

By S.E. MO

I cut open 3 persimmon seeds from different trees and they each had a spoon.

I live in the NC Triad and

By TraceyNC

I live in the NC Triad and have opened 12 seeds, ALL were spoons.
My co-workers have opened all spoons as well.

Cut open 10 and all were

By Darla Horn

Cut open 10 and all were spoons. Looks like alot of snow here in southern Il.

Central Illinois.

By Oriana

Central Illinois. (Stonington) we got spoons :)

Cut open 10 and all were

By Darla Horn

Cut open 10 and all were spoons. Looks like alot of snow here in southern Il.

What of there are no seeds??

By Alpaca Linda

What of there are no seeds?? Albany, NY

I have three friends on

By Michelinda

I have three friends on facebook, totally unrelated, that all live in in different places this tiny corner of NorthWest Arkansas. All three friends opened between 3 and 10 each - ALL were spoons. We NEED it. Kill the ticks and mice.

Just cut 6 seeds near

By lizNsc

Just cut 6 seeds near Spartanburg, SC (October 2012). All had spoons in them. We'll just have to see what the weather does. I've also seen 2 solid black wooly worms. :)

You have to wait until after

By Shawna B

You have to wait until after the first frost to do this, you can't trust persimmon's from the grocery store, no telling where they came from.

Adair Oklahoma, Persimmon

By JenniferChava

Adair Oklahoma, Persimmon trees line our roads, 3 different fruits from 3 different trees, a total of 8 seeds split Oct 6th 2012, ALL showed Spoons...

We cut open several and the

By live near Springfield Missouri

We cut open several and the shapes were all spoons.

We opened about 10 seeds in

By Aunt T

We opened about 10 seeds in Knoxville,Tn and they were all spoons! Could be an interesting winter!

Cracked open 4 persimmon

By Okie Honey Luver

Cracked open 4 persimmon seeds today (10-05-2012)... All were spoons. SouthCentral Oklahoma.

Used three different

By Pat-Louisville, KY

Used three different persimmons and tested 2 seeds from each. All had a spoon shaped shadow in the center of the kernel. Louisville, KY

i have in my yard of this

By Arian

i have in my yard of this fruit, and it is called Japanese Apple for your information. But for my information i didn't knew this fruit has the potential you described! thanks

Oct 2012 cut open two

By Alabama

Oct 2012 cut open two persimmon seeds in Birmingham, Alabama and both were spoons! Yay for snow in Alabama. It will be a rare winter.

All spoons in our persimmon

By Anon2

All spoons in our persimmon seeds in Williamsburg, VA

Dallas Ga, cut open 4 seed

By Kitten@2

Dallas Ga, cut open 4 seed today all had spoons. Bring it on, looking for snow.

Here in the Piedmont region

By Tdog

Here in the Piedmont region of NC so far all 20 seeds have contained spoons. I say Bring it on love to have some cold weather and snow.

Opened a few last night and

By Sleepy Maggie

Opened a few last night and they were all spoons - we live on the North Carolina piedmont. BTW: Be CAREFUL opening these things (she said, typing with a bandage on her thumb.) They are hard and slippery - I found it worked best to grip them with a paper towel while pushing straight down hard with the knife.

Wish I could share this to

By Sandra McAnally Leak

Wish I could share this to facebook. How can I?
Thx...sandy leak

Hi, Sandy, Glad you enjoy it!

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Sandy, Glad you enjoy it! Look under the photo above and you'll see a Facebook "like" button. Then it should show up on your Facebook page. Hope this helps! --TOFA

We just cut open 3 seeds with

By auntnonnie

We just cut open 3 seeds with the kiddo and all were spoons! Bring on the snow!!!!

On 9-25-12 our 3rd grade

By achurch

On 9-25-12 our 3rd grade class in McAlester, OK cut open 6 seeds and found spoons and 1 knife. My class is very excited for possible snow!!!

Cut open 5 here in central Ky

By Rickster13

Cut open 5 here in central Ky today 9/23/12. Found 4 spoons and 1 knife. Seem's pretty consistent with the other comment's.

we've just discovered one and

By Jimandliz from thomaston ga

we've just discovered one and it is rather tall how to trim back just to reach fruit

We live in Central

By Central Mississippi

We live in Central Mississippi. We opened our Persimmon seeds and got SPOONS.

9-20-2012 cut open 2 both

By grease gun

9-20-2012 cut open 2 both were spoons

St. Louis 9/16/2012 - five

By STLOUISGIRL

St. Louis 9/16/2012 - five seeds...five spoons.

Today 9/18/2012, I just cut

By Missouri Girl

Today 9/18/2012, I just cut open 5 seeds. I had 3 spoons, 1 knife and 1 that had both a spoon and a knife. Should be interesting for St. Louis area.

I live in central Louisiana.

By B. Gunter

I live in central Louisiana. Cut open a persimmon on 9/13/12. Found a spoon inside.

SE Missouri. Cut open 3 and

By x5mimi

SE Missouri. Cut open 3 and all were spoons.
This is a fun thing to do with your kids and grandkids. Just don't cut your finger!!

What about Alabama? Has

By Toolate

What about Alabama? Has anyone in Alabama tried this?

Spoons in alabama. Cullman

By Anonymous256

Spoons in alabama. Cullman that is.

If persimmons don't grow in

By mountainlife

If persimmons don't grow in your area how can they predict the weather in your area?

Cut open several in Logan

By Chad H

Cut open several in Logan county KY and in eastern MO all have been spoons so far.

Cut 5 today all spoons i live

By pglizerd

Cut 5 today all spoons i live in sw missouri

I just heard of this weather

By Oklahoma newbie

I just heard of this weather predicting technique yesterday from my mother and tonight I told my husband about it and he says we have a persimmon tree so I cut one open and 3 seeds were spoons, one was a knife, and one was a spoon and a knife.

I live in Southern Illinois

By Luciana

I live in Southern Illinois and every seed I cut open shows spoons !!!! I cut open 5 and a friend cut open 5 of hers, different area still in Illinois. All spoons !!!!

fdollar in South Georgia I

By fdollar

fdollar in South Georgia
I cut the persimmon open and found kife blade in mine. Icy Winds? Just wait and see.

We found spoons. Heavy wet

By Phyllis Poole

We found spoons. Heavy wet snow, really?

I cut 6 seeds open yesterday

By shih-tzumamma2011

I cut 6 seeds open yesterday and they all had very defined spoons in them. I picked the persimmons in Parke County, Indiana. I live in Vermillion County which is less than 10 miles from my home.

shih-tzumamma2011, It's

By SeeYaLaterBye

shih-tzumamma2011, It's always good to live within 10 miles of your home,, Chuckle chuckle.....

my mother-in-law cut 3 open 2

By suzie q

my mother-in-law cut 3 open 2 of them had spoons the other had a spoon and a knife so if they are right we here in mccreary county ky. are in for a bad one. and a persimmon grows on a tree

Today in Hudson NC we cut 5

By ginger

Today in Hudson NC we cut 5 persimmons ALL SPOONS The larger one had a really big spoon so I predict 1 Blizzard in all this snow. I am ready, I can't wait. This held true last year and they are off the same tree so we will see.

Thank you in Hudson Nc for

By Andysouth

Thank you in Hudson Nc for sharing what u found. I aint sure i can find a persimmon tree here anymore. I live in Charlotte Nc. So ur weather forecast should be about the same as mine. Id prefer u to keep cuttin till u find it saying that we are going to have a mild winter like last year. But dont want u to waste all persimmons. Lol. Thanks again for sharing.

My dad cut open several today

By Michelle P

My dad cut open several today in Weaverville NC (near Asheville) and ALL were spoons!

Not worth anything last

By Ginger1

Not worth anything last winter. This is the first time the tree has let us down. No snow here but I don't think it was much of a winter anywhere in NC. I will post again this fall on this but I have my doubts for much of a winter my husband bought a new tractor.

2010 Franklin Indiana, I have

By kb9ldk

2010 Franklin Indiana, I have opened 20 seeds and found ALL to be Spoons. I use channel Lock pliers to squeeze the seeds long ways and the "tip" will pop open.

I came up with three differnt

By tamidavis

I came up with three differnt ones last year and the weather has been crazy here

Here in Oklahoma, we cut open

By countrymom773

Here in Oklahoma, we cut open ten seeds this year. All were spoons except one, which was a fork. Cutting open the seeds is a little harder than you might expect. A persimmon is a bittersweet fruit that grows on trees in the south.

where do u live i live just

By jacktown

where do u live i live just north of shawnee just wondering where u cut them seeds open at

I cut the outside ring off

By Deb Kay

I cut the outside ring off and it opened much easier than trying the whole shell. Good luck!

interresting where do you buy

By krenaudsmith

interresting where do you buy this? is it a pepper

No they are a fruit that

By Kendal Smith

No they are a fruit that grows on a tree. They can be commonly found in any wooded area in the wild. Ripe fruit is orange in color and have a strong sweet smell. Also they can be eaten.

If you are going to eat a

By Suzie Watson

If you are going to eat a persimmon, make sure it is fully ripe. The sweetest ones will already be on the ground. If you have to pull it from the tree, it may not be ripe, in which case it will make your mouth pucker!

I cut open 4 seeds here in

By kj

I cut open 4 seeds here in northeast Alabama last week (oct2012)and all had spoons in them. Looks like we will be a shovelin snow!!

In Memphis and Ozark County

By Jeff J

In Memphis and Ozark County it is showing a spoon. October 2012

cut open 4 all spoons sept

By Ginger1

cut open 4 all spoons sept 2012

Hi all:) Nov. 10th in SE

By JulieAnne

Hi all:)
Nov. 10th in SE Okla. Persimmons (wild) are just NOW ripe:) Spoon!!!!

I cut open 15 all were spoons

By Mary J Campbell

I cut open 15 all were spoons Clayton Il.

Cut open four off three

By Lusch

Cut open four off three different trees all spoons...Southern Illinois

We just cut open 6 persimmons

By Diane (

We just cut open 6 persimmons and all of them had spoons. Nov. 12, 2012

We found all spoon shaped

By Anon

We found all spoon shaped seeds in Oct. in Missouri.

I cut open all 4 persimmon

By carrieroyalanderson

I cut open all 4 persimmon seeds and found the centers to reveal a spoon in each. We are actually hoping for a good winter because we barely got one last year and need a good one to kill off all the bugs and mosquitoes here in Texas!9/26/2012

Are you referencing "Good

By Chuck Breedlove

Are you referencing "Good Winter", as being a real cold winter? Confused.

I've cut 10 seeds here in

By ChrisnKel

I've cut 10 seeds here in Orange County Indiana, all from my trees in the back yard. All had spoons. AND its a fruit that grows on trees like an apple or peach.

Me too East Central GA Sept

By DebbieF

Me too East Central GA Sept 2012 all spoons

3 spoons in Nashville 12.5.12

By Randall65

3 spoons in Nashville 12.5.12

I cut open 12 persimons

By Jerre

I cut open 12 persimons tonight and 10 had forks and 2 had knives! Looks like it will be a milder winter here in Mid-Missouri!!

it isn't a pepper it is a

By tamidavis

it isn't a pepper it is a tree
you can probably find them at any place that carries landscaping trees or they can tell you where to find them

Here in Zip City AL just

By Meritta Mullins

Here in Zip City AL just North of Florence Al I cut open 12 seeds 11 had spoons. Look out seems as though we may have snow on the way.

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