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The Persimmon Lady Shares Her Winter Forecast

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The Persimmon Lady Shares Her Winter Forecast

Around this time each year, Melissa Bunker of North Carolina, a.k.a., “The Persimmon Lady,” sends us her winter predictions based on seeds she opens from the persimmon fruit grown in her area.

According to folklore, if you crack open a persimmon seed and the shape inside (called a cotyledon) looks like a fork, winter will be mild; if you see a spoon, there will be a lot of snow, and if there is a knife, winter will be bitingly cold and “cut like a knife.”

Here’s what Melissa found this year:

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It looks like a mild winter this year for central North Carolina — we have all forks (11) but only one spoon, so yes, there will be a snow event but not as much as one would hope for, such as myself!

I’m so pleased that your readers are asking about my annual forecast, including those in Maine. Tell them I’m huge fan of Bucksport and can’t wait to visit again and get more Moxie!

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Thanks, Melissa! We hope to hear from you again next year.

Be your own weather forecaster!
Have you cracked into a persimmon to read the seeds? If so, download our printable chart like the one in the image above, take a photo of your findings, and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #FAPersimmon.

Remember: the persimmon has to be grown locally to get an accurate forecast for your area. Check to see what the  Farmers’ Almanac is predicting in North Carolina to see if it matches what the Persimmon Lady found. 

Read our tip on how to open and forecast with a persimmon seed here.

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1 Gerome Williamson { 11.03.17 at 8:03 pm }

Thanks for the invite to get this I like the weather it’s all around us have to keep up with what’s going on.

2 Nancy Williamson { 11.03.17 at 8:02 pm }

I love to read this book I plant by the sounds and I live by the old time way my mom and grandparents did to they taught me how to read the sings it’s the only way to live having your teeth pulled to other manger things that pop up in one’s life to keep you from bleeding to stop pain. It’s the best way to live.

3 Get one Williamson { 11.03.17 at 7:57 pm }

Thanks for the invite to get this I like the weather it’s all around us have to keep up with what’s going on.

4 judy white { 10.17.17 at 6:49 pm }


5 Susan Wright { 10.11.17 at 8:41 am }

Ive opened 5 seeds and found spoons in all of them. Indianapolis, IN

6 Sherry McDowell { 10.08.17 at 12:21 pm }

What did the persimmon seed show for Arnold mo?

7 Kristie { 10.05.17 at 10:49 pm }

Southern Indiana has spoons so we may be getting some snow!!!!!!!

8 lbrooks { 10.05.17 at 5:56 pm }

The Mississippi Delta Persimmons say heavy snow… We have picked persimmons from every tree we’ve come across and gotten all spoons out of 4-5 trees from different parts of the Delta.. One can only hope.

9 jefflyn Woodley { 10.04.17 at 9:10 am }

I love the persimmon, lady’s predictions, have been a follower of her’s for year’s.

10 kathybowers { 10.04.17 at 6:28 am }

Love getting the for news on the Farmers Almanac look for it to see what kind of winter we will have

11 Farmers' Almanac Staff { 09.28.17 at 4:55 pm }

THANK YOU, ThePersimmonLady!!! Always a blast!

12 ThePersimmonLady { 09.28.17 at 4:10 pm }

Thanks again Farmer’s Almanac for including me in your annual report it is always a pleasure and I can’t wait to do this again next year!

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