As you may or may not have heard, you can "predict" the upcoming weather by looking at the center of a persimmon kernel. That is what we did today. You just remove the kernel from the center of the persimmon and slice it lengthwise and look at the white part inside. It will look like either a knife, a spoon, or a fork.
- Knife: If the shape inside the kernel is a knife, it is believed to mean the winter will be cutting cold. So cold the wind feels like its cutting right through you like a knife.
- Spoon: When the shape inside the kernel looks like a spoon it is said to mean it will be a heavy winter. The spoon represents lots of shoveling.
- Fork: The appearance of a fork shape within the kernel is believed to mean that winter will be easy with only a light dusty of snow.
Our winters are generally very mild here and we rarely get snow so I'm excited about this "prediction". I'll let you know if it rings true or not. UPDATE: Winter of 2013-2014 was dead on!
Have you ever done this? If so, was it right or wrong?
Hankering for some dried persimmons, you can get some here.