Can The Persimmon Seed Really Predict Winter? What Is It Saying About This Winter!
I touched on the winter forecasting of the Woolly Worms about 3 weeks ago and tonight I want to talk about the Persimmon seed. The Persimmon seeds have been used to forecast how cold and snowy the upcoming winter will be for a long time! Along with the Woolly Worm, the Persimmon Seed is probably at the top of the winter weather forecasting folklore. In fact, the Farmer's Almanac even makes a statement about the forecasting power of the Persimmon seed...
"According to old-timers, persimmon seeds can be used to predict the severity of winter weather. When cut into two pieces, the persimmon seed will display on of three symbols. A knife shape will indicate a cold icy winter (where wind will cut through you like a knife). A fork shape indicates a mild winter. A spoon shape stands for a shovel to dig out the snow."
Persimmon Seeds From This Year...
This picture was sent to me by Tammy Marriot of Persimmon seeds from our region. What you will notice when you look is that one of the seeds have a knife shape while two have a spoon shape.
Janis Warriner Easterday opened 3 Persimmon seeds in Paoli, IN and found 3 spoons indicating a very snowy winter for Kentuckiana according to the folklore.
Laura Broy Spencer sent me this picture from Jeffersonville, IN today. Notice there are two knives and two spoons in her photo indicating a cold and snow winter.
So what does that say about our winter? The spoon shape indicates a snowy winter while the knife shapes indicate a cold winter, so these Persimmon seeds are indicating a cold, snowy winter for our region. If you take the Paoli Persimmon seeds as a representation for our area, then it means we are going to see a snowy winter in Kentuckiana. I have also had a number of messages from western KY of spoons in the Persimmon seeds there which would indicate a snowy winter.
My Thoughts On These Weather Folklore...
As with all folklore, I think people will have different opinions. The real problem is that different areas seem to be showing different shapes in Persimmon seeds. For what it is worth, the the wider brown banded Wooly Worms we are seeing predicts a mild winter which is in opposition to the Persimmon seed. I think this is one of those situations where you can probably bend the folklore to meet the actual winter conditions, so I have to say I am not a big believer. Regardless, some love weather folklore so I thought it was worth a discussion tonight.
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