According to the tiny seedling found in Ozarks persimmon seeds this fall, the coming Ozarks winter is going to be colder than average with an above average snowfall and fewer warm spells.

Persimmons grow on a tree and look like an orange tomato. An unripe fruit can quickly pucker the lips of a person with its bitter taste.

Persimmons grow on a tree and look like an orange tomato. An unripe fruit can quickly pucker the lips of a person with its bitter taste.

“It is a cherished bit of Ozarks folklore that the shape of the tiny seedling inside a persimmon seed can predict upcoming winter conditions,” said Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

“It is not a research-based way to forecast the weather, but once a year it is a fun tongue-in-cheek project and a great way to educate people about this unique native Ozark fruit tree.”

According to Ozarks folklore, a spoon shape on the seed indicates above average snowfall, a knife shape signals colder than normal temperatures and a fork shape means warmer than average temperatures.

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