Predicting Weather Using a Persimmon Seed

Winter Weather Folklore

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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 the trees usually grow in zones 6 or warmer. 

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How to Predict Weather With a Persimmon Seed

Cut open a persimmon seed. (The fruit should be locally-grown to reflect your weather.)

Wait to pick the fruit until it is soft—almost mushy.

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Credit: http://mdc.mo.gov

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. (The answer depends on where you live.)

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

Persimmon Seed Split Open
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!

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We have a persimmon tree in

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 have always cut mine

I have always cut mine vertically. =)

I would love some persimmon

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 can send you some seeds but

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

Am interested in seeds as

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

I would love some seeds as

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!

I'll send you some. The

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.

Hello! I'm interested in

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

I live in Ohio...do you still

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

Would love to have a couple

Would love to have a couple of seeds too ... If anyone out there has any to spare.... Tina Jernigan , 111 Sunpointe Dr, Andalusia Alabama,36421 ... Thanks:)

What does it mean if you find

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

Good question! Our best guess

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

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" ????

That means you're going to

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

That's funny. I opened two

That's funny. I opened two seeds and they were spoons also. I live in Fort Lawn, S.C ( 50 miles south of Charlotte NC

where can I find seeds around

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.

Sunrise Estates pavilion off

Sunrise Estates pavilion off I-70 has a persimmon tree

I live in San Antonio Texas-

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.

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.

I live in Oklahoma just over

I live in Oklahoma just over the boarder from Fort Smith Arkansas, and the tree's grow wild here, and so far it's been spoons that i have found, if your ever in the area I'm sure you will have no problem obtaining some seeds.

I live in Oklahoma just over

I live in Oklahoma just over the boarder from Fort Smith Arkansas, and the tree's grow wild here, and so far it's been spoons that i have found, if your ever in the area I'm sure you will have no problem obtaining some seeds.

There are only native

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.

We had persimmon trees where

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

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

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

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.

That's hilarious!

That's hilarious!

Ummm... has it occurred to

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...

What a buzz-kill you are!

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

You really need to loosen up

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.

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