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:
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!
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.
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