The ancient peasant tradition that involves wintering with cutlery in persimmon seeds

When there was no TV, apps or the web to draw from and information on the weather , we devoted ourselves to careful observation of nature and its behaviors. Clearly, most of the time, techniques without any scientific basis were brought up, but if by pure chance they actually reflected the climate of the following days, they immediately gained popularity.

This is how the prediction of winter based on the seeds of the persimmon , the very sweet fruit that ripens from October to December, depending on the climate, has been handed down for centuries. According to this ancient tradition, the symbol inside the seed indicates precisely the type of winter that will arrive.

via The old farmer’s almanac

Inside the persimmon seed there is a white part that resembles a fork, a knife or a spoon (try dividing a seed in half to see for yourself!). According to an ancient  peasant tradition , based on the cutlery you can predict the type of winter that will arrive:

  • the fork indicates a mild winter ;
  • the knife a biting cold ;
  • the spoon a winter with abundant snow . 


There is no scientific evidence to support this observation , yet it is a technique that allowed farmers in the past to adequately prepare for the winter and even today, even if only for fun, there are those who continue to divide halve the persimmon seeds to get an idea of ​​the coming months.

In every culture there is a set of popular beliefs that science does not recognise, but which despite everything continues to be part of everyday life!

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