Predicting Weather Using a Persimmon Seed

Winter Weather Folklore

September 3, 2019
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According to weather folklore, you can predict winter weather with a persimmon seed. Here’s how to do it! Plus, enjoy recipes for persimmon pudding and persimmon bread.

Persimmons are small orange fruits the size of a plum. The fruits may be sold anywhere, but American persimmon trees usually grow in USDA Zones 4 to 9 (Japanese persimmon trees, Zones 7 to 9). 

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How to Predict Weather With a Persimmon Seed

1. Find a locally-grown persimmon. (A locally-grown persimmon is necessary because it will reflect local conditions!) Wait to pick the fruit or cut into the fruit until after it gets a bit soft—almost mushy.

2. Open the fruit and cut open a persimmon seed. 

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Credit: http://mdc.mo.gov

4. Look at the shape of the kernel inside:

  • If the kernel is spoon-shaped, expect plenty of snow to shovel.
  • If it is fork-shaped, plan on a mild winter with powdery, light snow.
  • If the kernel is knife-shaped, expect frigid winds that will “cut” like a blade.

That’s it! Now, cut open a persimmon and tell us what you see in the comments below. Don’t forget to include your location, too!

Here’s a close-up of a spoon. Get out the shovel!

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Photo credit: Tammie Dooley/www.soloroadtrip.com

Another favorite tradition for predicting winter weather is to use a woolly bear caterpillar.

Or, check out how The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts the weather!

Persimmon Recipes

Persimmons have a unique fall flavor that is similar to pumpkin. Most persimmons are the “hachiya” variety. The fruit is very tart so it’s often considered a baking fruit, adding its sweet flavor and moistness to pudding, bread, and pie. Persimmons can also be made into dried fruit, jam, ice cream, and even alcohol.

A ripe persimmon has a “squishy” body and a creamy texture. Ripen persimmons at room temperature. Place in a paper bag to speed up ripening.

Persimmon Pudding

Persimmon pudding is a baked dessert with the taste of pumpkin and the texture of gingerbread.  This persimmon pudding recipe is from the “Indiana Nut Growers Cookbook” (1995), courtesy of the Indiana Nutgrowers Association.  

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Mix together the persimmon pulp, sugar and eggs.  
  2. Mix baking soda with buttermilk and add to mixture in bowl.  
  3. Melt margarine in baking pan and add to mixture.
  4. Sift flour and baking powder together and add alternately with cream or milk.  Add cinnamon and mix well.  
  5. Fold in the additional 2 Tablespoons persimmon pulp.  
  6. 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 and enjoy!

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Every September, the city of Mitchell, Indiana, hosts the Persimmon Festival. Their persimmon pudding is famous!

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This Persimmon Bread recipe comes courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Readers’ Best Recipes cookbook.

Have you tried predicting the weather with a persimmon? Let us know what shape you found in your persimmon seed in the comments below!

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Eastern Oklahoma...i just several spoons...

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Glencoe, Oklahoma......it’s a spoon.

Persimon seed i live im Missouri iron county

There was double spoons in 5 out of 8 seeds what would that mean?

two spoons

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Interesting! We don’t believe that the folklore covers that scenario. Our best guess would be that double spoons predicts a winter where you will need a friend with an extra shovel to help clear away the snow!

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I had 8 seeds 5 out 8 had double spoons what does that mean?

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Here 30 miles southeast of Wichita Kansas I opened seeds from 3 sweet plump wild persimmons. Spoons in all...just like last year. Shovel is already in the shed.

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I cut open 10 seeds in Central Kentucky and they were all spoons! I believe I will go find my snow shovel!

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I cut open my persimmon seed & inside there was a knife. Looks like frigid wind for us here in central Indiana.

Spoons in our persimmons

We Cut open six seeds here in Winfield Missouri, and they were all spoons. Last year we had spoons as well, and an abundant, above average amount of snow fell.

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Cut open several seeds near Asheville, NC -- they were all seeds!

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I cut open 10 seeds on Sept 24,2019
They were all spoons.

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Puxico, Mo September 22, 2019. Our persimmon tree seeds show “shovels” indicating we will shovel a lot of snow this winter!

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Opened up to a spoon! Wills Point, Texas

2019 Weather prediction with a persimmon

This year looks like a knife for Wright City, Missouri. Yikes! What a fun experiment, let’s see if it’s true

Persimmon seed Pontotoc, MS

We found a spoon in Pontotoc, Mississippi. The tree was in our back yard.

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Here in Sw. Mo. cracked 3 seeds all spoons they are very sweet this year

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Opened 2 seed near Benton Kentucky. Both were spoons

opened several persimmon seeds and they all have the spoon

the persimmons came off a tree in Garland TX 75040

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I cut open from Victory, MS and it was a spoon

Persimmon seed number 2 which was a green one

It was a spoon also from Victoria, MS

Persimmon seeds

I opened two, both had spoon shapes. From Hiawassee, GA

Persimmons and their predicting capabilities

As I read the comments, I kept thinking. Were the persimmons you all checked, from your area, locally? Ours, in the Boston area aren't from this area. So, if you have spoons, it may be an indication that there will be lots of snow where the persimmons were grown. Just a "caution".

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Yes, the persimmon trees need to be local to reflect on local weather conditions!

Persimmon recipe

When I was growing up, my dad would buy ripe persimmons at the Grand Central Market, in L.A. and bring them home. When we still had some left over, after eating our fill, my mom would freeze them. For dessert, mom would put the frozen persimmons in the blender and blend until smooth. She'd then put dish them out in custard cups and put some ground graham crackers as a garnish. Delish!

In Autauga County Alabama

In Autauga County Alabama ours showed a spoon...to shovel the snow with

Here in Wake County,NC opened

Here in Wake County,NC opened two seeds, both spoons! Look out NC, snow this winter!

One seed, I don’t find many!

One seed, I don’t find many! Got a clear looking spoon but here in California we don’t get a lot of snow.. Angwin CA

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3 seeds, 3 spoons - NE Pennsylvania.

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I cut mine open an they have a spoon in them an we are in Woodville, texas

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I checked 12 seeds and had 11 snow and 1 cold wind at strong city, ok

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