Predicting Weather Using a Persimmon Seed

Winter Weather Folklore

By The Old Farmer's Almanac
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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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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

Latrobe PA 7 seed's 5 fork's

Latrobe PA 7 seed's 5 fork's 2 spoon's

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We opened 3 seeds, found 2 spoons, and one fork. From Leslie, Missouri, about 75 miles west of St. Louis.

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Opened 4 seeds, some were indisguishable, others were definitely spoons. .

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Mount Healthy (Cincinnati area), Ohio - all four seeds we tried had spoons. Snow!

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Coming to you straight from Mud Lick Kentucky spoons spoons spoons. Also heavy set of leaves and if that’s not enough black wollie worm!!!!!!

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I opened 18 seeds. 17 were spoons and 1 was a fork. Atchison, Ks

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Hi all. Opened ten today in SE Missouri. Gathered yesterday at Cedar Lake in Southern Illinois. Got 3 spoons. A fork. A knife. And..... .five "blanks". Go figger.

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LENOIR NC. OPENED 3 SEEDS AND ALL WERE SPOONS.

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I’m from Mebane, North Carolina an I opened two seeds an both were spoons .

Small world! I’m in

Small world! I’m in Hillsborough and have one of each!

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My Dr.'s office workers showed me picture of their persimmon seed....spoon it is !....here in Shelby, NC....not far from Lenoir, NC

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Brookhaven Mississippi 6 opened and 6 spoons!!! Love winter!!!!

Spoon, Spoon and another spoon

Here in mid ohio valley wv we got 3 out of 3 all spoons...whohoo does this mean a white Christmas ?

Spork?

Open several. Each had a spoon with an indentation at the top. What does this mean for us?

Greens Fork,IN

3 seeds, all had spoons !!! :-)

Adrian MO

Cut four seeds got 3 spoons and one knife

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Dry Fork Virginia found the spoon shape in the kernels.

persimmon seeds as winter weather predictors

picked about 50 persimmons today - opened about 20 - ALL contained spoons - I understand this predicts a lot of snow - how often have these predictions been correct in the past Mid-Missouri - tree on bank of 7 acre lake - also found 4 large pawpaws and made 5 delicious mini-loaves pulped persimmons and put in fridge - how long can we keep them there before making bread, cookies, gelato, etc

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I live in conway sc. I cut the persimmon seed and got a spoon

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We got a spoon in our persimmon seeds. Northeast Oklahoma

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Opened 6 today and there is no seeds none in the ripe ones none in the green ones and none in the just right ones so what does that mean

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