Somewhere in history someone came up with the idea that the color of wooly worms in the fall indicates the type of winter that will follow. The darker the coat the colder the winter. A striped coat means a varied winter. Lighter colors mean snow.
And who started this tradition of cutting persimmon seeds to see what the feature is inside? These little seeds are slippery and thin. Cutting them lengthwise requires a sharp knife, a steady hand and a willingness to risk cutting the pad off your finger to see what type of winter weather is forecast. Persimmon seeds when cut in half, show a fork, knife or spoon in the center. A knife indicates a bitter cutting cold winter. The spoon is deep snow and the fork predicts a light snow.
On Five Feline Farm we take note of signs of the seasons including the folk tale predictions.
So between the wooly worms and the persimmon seeds we are looking at a snowy winter.
Do you think the persimmon matches the wooly worm? Drop us a note in the comment section about your folk tale predictions.