Winter and the Persimmon Seed

One more comment on Mother Nature and what winter holds. In a supermarket near you, you should find a persimmon fruit. If you cut it open a seed may be another clue to winter weather. 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.

If you do open a seed, let me know where you are located and how the seed reads.

You know how everything is “bigger” and presumably better in Texas, well that may be true. One of the signs of a heard winter is the size and frequency of spider webs. In this morning’s paper an AP article captured the fact that entomologists are looking into the discovery of a sprawling spider web that covers a number of trees and measures 200 yards. Yikes. Located in Wells Point (Texas), it is so large that one person is quoted as saying “”Now it is filled with so many mosquitoes, that it has turned a little brown. There are times you can literally hear the screech of millions of mosquitoes caught in the webs.” Experts are saying the web may be constructed by “social cobweb spiders”. I don’t know but if I lived in Texas, I’d dust off my shovel.

Labor Day – this holiday was first celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City. The originator of the celebration was the Central Labor Union. The first Labor Day holidays were celebrated with grand parades, picnics and sometimes fireworks. Today, labor Day is celebrated in many different ways but is still suppose to be a day set aside to appreciate the advancements, freedoms and prosperity our country experiences, thanks to the hardworking people who make up this country. With family and friends, have a memorable Labor Day Weekend! Stay safe.

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Wendy

so far a knife, also from Pawhuska, Oklahoma

David

Live in Pawhuska Ok. Mine is knife

Kevin

East Texas spoon

Athena Dingus

I live in eastern Kentucky and mine here at home shows a knife.

Janice Cater

I opened four of then and everyone was a spoon Monticello Arkansas

Brandi Clark

We opened one today. We got a spoon. Central part of Mississippi

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Scott Rogers

I opened a persimmon seed this morning and got a spoon in the Arkansas river valley

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Elizabeth Whetsell

Open a persimmon today it was a spoon Maydelle Texas

jan

opened the persimmon seed in northeast Texas and it was a spoon

Susan Higgins

Oh! Jan, send us a picture to questions@farmersalmanac.com, attn: Susan – We’d love to see it!

Kaci

Wow! Looks like they’ve been pretty accurate so far…we opened 3 spoons and 2 knives and sure enough it’s 2 degrees outside and we’ve got a ton of snow!! Heavener, OK

kenny

kenny 12 26 09 cut 5 had 6 spoons in liberty nc

Cretia

Looks like snow for northern Pope County, AR!! We don’t need another ice storm!

Candy

Ozarks of Missouri out of 15 seeds I have 8 knives and 7 spoons

g.k. stanton

all spoons…norman oklahoma

TOM

IN SEPT. I HAD MASSIVE BAG WORM WEBS COVER MY PERSIMMIN TREES. IN OCTOBER WHEN THE FRUIT FELL I FOUND THAT NONE OF THEM HAD ANY SEEDS AT ALL. HELP! DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS ESP. FOR THE WINTER WEATHER AHEAD. THANKS, TOM

Shirley

All spoons in Bonnerdale AR… After 3 seeds and two cut thumbs… Yippy for snow..

Vicky

All Spoons in MOLENA GA…..Come on snow!!!!!!!!!!!

Teresa

Spoons in Purcell, OK!!!!

Keith & Tanya

8 seeds in Crowder, MS and all were knives

Richard

11/27/09, cut open a persimmon today and got a spoon here in McLoud, Oklahoma. WOOOOOT!!!!

david jones

6 seeds all spoons here in hackett arkanas woo hoo

Jim

opened 6 seeds all spoons st.louis mo.

Emily

Tulsa, Oklahoma…All spoons here!!! Yeeehoooo!

toni

we opened 8 seeds from different trees,all spoons.
now we can build lots of snowwomen

Shawna

California, MO – We have a half dozen persimmon trees, I took from all trees and all the seeds showed spoons.

Beverely

A friend opened one here at work in McAlester OK, a knife and a spoon.

The Rickster

A few months ago, I opened up two persimmon fruits. Both had many seeds in them. All together, I got about 11 seeds. Most were spoons, with a few knives. Maybe a fork or two at most. THEN I opened up another one a week or so ago, and it had a well defined spoon in it. Columbia, South Carolina needs a good snow. BRING IT ON!

Waggoner Family

Spoons in the big “metropolis” of Fay, Oklahoma (ha, ha)…. guess thats better than knives! 11/13/09

Donnie

11-11-2009 Cut open three seeds and found all spoons. I live in Columbia, Tennessee, which is in southern middle Tenn.

Buck Bailey

Opened 10 just to get a good average. All were “Spoons”. Yipee …an Indiana White Winter.
Buck Bailey
Indianapolis, IN.

Melissa

Muskogee Oklahoma, Spoon, I was looking forward to a White Winter!!!

mike

opened three,all spoons from Murfreesboro,AR.

bonnie

opened up one seed and had a knife. NE Texas…

Virginia

Opened up 6 seeds and 1 thumb here in Hot springs Ar. All spoons!

Cardinal Class-First Grade

We opened 7 seeds today in Fulton, MO-ALL were spoons! Bring on the sledding days!

Lori Munhollon

Cut open a few seed from Southwest Missouri and they are definately all spoons.

Donna

I am in Kansas City Kansas in the heart of America, I opened 3 persimmons and each one had a spoon. I am not looking forward to shoveling snow, but I guess it is better than it beind bitterly cold.

Shelley

we just cut 2 open & both were spoons. we’re in Tulsa, OK.

Kerri

6 spoons in Magnolia, AR!

Joshua (11 yrs old)

Cut open 6 persimmon seeds from 3-4 persimmons in Southeast Kansas-they were all spoons. Very clear spoons. My son Joshua went and picked these and opened them.

Natalie

We’re in Rogers, AR. We opened two seeds, and had one spoon and one fork. As long as there weren’t any knives, I’m happy.

Kim

We opened a dozen or so and they were all SPOONS here in Northeast Texas! Woo hoo…we get to build a snowman finally!

Tammy

Jefferson City Missouri – 5 spo0ns

Larry

Spoons in southeastern Illinois. Yuk!

Bray Family

We cut open 4 seeds, we saw 3 forks and 1 spoon.

Robin

10/28/2009 Spoons in Centerville, Texas

Lisa Ingram

4 spoons in Quitman Texas. Bring on the snow!!!!

BIG JIM

TWO KNIVES AND THREE SPOONS IN WENTZVILLE, MO.

Tara

Hi. I am in Japan, in the Kanto Plain, coutryside of Tokyo. I opened a Persimmon seed from an Asian Persimmon – and got a SPOON. Clear as can be. It was bright white, just sitting there telling me what we already thought might be the case, a cold winter was headed our way.

scottie

All spoons in central mississippi.

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