Knowing it now, I am on a quest to find some locally grown persimmons so I can see inside and provide my own prognostication about the winter.
How does the persimmon predict the winter?
It all has to do with spoons, forks and knives. If you see a spoon shape inside the persimmon seed, it means lots of wet, heavy snow. If you see a fork shape, it means light, powdery snow. If you see a knife shape, it means cold, cutting winds.
You can read more about how it works on the The Old Farmer's Almanac website.
I suppose if you cut open several persimmons, you might find some of all the cutlery. In that case I assume you determine an average number of knives, forks and spoons and use that to prognosticate a cold, snow-of-some-sort kind of winter. I also assume that to predict your own weather, you need to find persimmons that were locally grown.
The persimmons pictured above are from the garden of Robin of Bumblebee Blog. She was kind enough to respond to my shout out for persimmons and sent me a picture of one of hers. I think that is a spoon shape, which means she should expect wet, heavy snow this winter. Or maybe that is a fat knife and she will experience a cold winter?
As for me, I don't know what my winter will be like, yet, as I haven't found any locally grown persimmons to check.
I did hear that someone in the next county to the southeast saw so many knives and forks in her persimmons this past week that it reminded her of the winter of 1978, which we all remember for the last major blizzard we had around here. Most of us who lived through it just call it The Blizzard or the Blizzard of '78. It was in January, which means that next January will be the 35th anniversary of this storm.
I would guess that after 35 years, we are due for a some kind of winter. I'm just not sure what kind of winter. I won't rest now until I find some locally grown persimmons so I can figure it out.
Yes, indeed, I'm on the prowl for persimmons so I can prognosticate and predict.