I enjoy reading about folk lore and the habits of the mountain people. While labeled folk lore, most is based on the observations of the inhabitants of the area. One bit of folk lore is predicting the weather by splitting open the seeds of our native, wild persimmons. Inside of the seed, there is always a shape: a knife, a spoon, or a fork! The first time I saw one I was amazed!
If you see a knife, it means a bitter winter, with gusty winds and lots of ice.
A spoon means heavy, wet snows.
A fork (my personal favorite!) means a mild winter with only light snow.
One site I read advised cutting open at least ten seeds to see what the majority showed.
I was going to take a picture of the inside of one of our persimmon seeds. And you know what? Our trees don't have any persimmons this year! I've never seen this happen before. I suspect it has something to do with those late frosts we had last spring.
A man just north of here (I borrowed his picture--above) says that his persimmon seeds have spoons in them, meaning lots of heavy wet snow. I'm interested to see how close those little seeds come to what actually happens.
Hope you are all having a great week before Thanksgiving. Lots has been going on around here and I haven't had as much time for blogging.
Miss all of you,