As the temperatures dip lower, you can't help but wonder what type of winter will we have? Will it be snowy? Icy Could we get lucky and have a mild winter?
There is an old farmer's tale that a fruit can tell us what type of winter we will have. The fruit is a persimmon. The farmer's tale says that if you cut a persimmon seed in half you will see either a fork, a spoon, or a knife.
- If you see a fork, you are likely to experience a mild winter with light, soft, dry snow.
- If you see a spoon, you are likely to experience a hard winter. With lots of heavy snow, therefore needing a shovel (spoon).
- If you see a knife, you are likely to experience hard winds and ice, that will cut right through you.
Today, we visited with my Momma up in the country. She had collected some persimmons a few weeks ago and still had them around. They were not in good shape for eating but they were just great for cutting open the seeds.
This is a persimmon fruit. It might be a little past its peak. But the seeds inside of it are still green and perfect for predicting the winter ahead of us.
I smooshed the persimmon apart and pulled out the seeds. I think there are about three seeds per persimmon. I tried to pick out the seeds that were a little "fatter" than the others. It gave me more to work with.
This is a persimmon Seed, after I have washed and dried it all up. Take a knife and cut the seed in half.
And, the prediction for this years winter.....
Lots of snow. Lots of shoveling. At least we have a heads up, we can start stocking up and preparing to be snowed in! Well, that is if you believe a persimmon seed.