Persimmons could foretell winter weather

Published 2:32 pm Sunday, November 5, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Winter is coming and the question on everyone’s mind is “Will we get snow this year.” While the National Weather Service in Jackson is excellent at forecasting and prognosticating the weather, it isn’t the same as the good ole Farmer’s Almanac and Persimmon seeds. 

Farmer’s Almanac predicts a snowy winter for North Mississippi and a cold and wet winter for South Mississippi. Popular folklore suggests there is another way to check the Farmer’s Almanac weather prediction. 

Locally grown Persimmons should hold the answer to what to expect this winter. Seeds inside the fruit can be split open and show a knife, fork or spoon shape. Each image is associated with a specific winter pattern. 

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Forks are a mild winter, spoons stand for the shovels needed to dig out the snow and a kife shape means a cold and icy winter. All you have to do to forecast the winter weather using this method is to find a local persimmon fruit from your yard, hunting property or the local farmers market. 

One Wesson resident who attends  Mt. Zion Baptist Church said she found a spoon in her persimmon, meaning we could be in for a snowy winter afterall. 

Do you think persimmons can predict the winter weather? What other old wives tales do you believe about the weather? Share your thoughts and persimmon forecasts by emailing