For the last several years, right around the time of our annual publication date, Melissa Bunker of Johnsonville, North Carolina – AKA, “The Persimmon Lady,” has sent us her winter predictions, based on opening up some persimmon seeds. The traditional lore is that, if the seeds are shaped like forks, winter will be mild, if they are shaped like spoons, there will be a lot of snow, and if they are shaped like knives, winter will be bitingly cold.
Here’s what Melissa found this year:
“I just cracked our seeds for the year and it’s a decent outlook but definitely a hard cold winter ahead. Attached are the photos. The first four seeds were forks, indicating mild temperatures and relative dryness. However, the remaining six seeds were all shovels, looks like a lot of precipitation coming later in the winter. The leaves have already started to turn here in NC and yesterday, my husband’s birthday, was exceptionally cool and refreshing.”
Thanks, Melissa! We hope to hear from you again next year.
Have any of the rest of you cracked into any persimmon seeds? If so, where are you from and what did you see?