A persimmon seed is a folklore that is too great not to give it a try. You split the seed lengthwise and look at the root inside to predict if the winter ahead will be mild or come with lots of snow! If the root if shaped like a spoon, then that means there is lots of snow ahead!
Consume you persimmon seed?
Persimmons are a highly adaptable fruit that can be consumed in numerous ways. For instance, persimmons can be consumed raw. Additionally, their seeds and skin are edible. Additionally, they can be used in desserts, salads, savory dishes, and baked goods.
1. PERSIMMON FORECASTING – According to a legend believed to have originated in the Ozarks, slicing a persimmon seed in half will reveal the upcoming winter’s weather. If you see the shape of a spoon, there will be a great deal of heavy, wet snow to scoop.
- A fork-shaped snowfall portends a milder winter and light, powdery snow.
- If you observe a knife, you can anticipate cold, icy, windy weather.
- ACCESS MORE: The Jefferson County, Missouri, Extension Office has studied this method for nearly two decades, comparing the fall shapes of local seeds to those of the following winter.
The accuracy of the seeds has exceeded 75% of the time.
Was persimmon the forbidden fruit?
Opinion | Michelangelo’s Forbidden Fruit Was a Fig; Not Persimmon at All (Published 1989) Send a friend an article. As a subscriber, you receive ten gift items each month. Anyone can read your shared content. Donate this article Donate this article Donate this article The New York Times Archives are credited.
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- You state that the rabbis of the Talmud “reported that persimmon oil – known as balsam oil to the ancient Greeks – was poured over the heads of the ancient kings of Judah as part of the ceremony surrounding their ascension to the throne.
- Persimmon” is a mistranslation of the Talmudic term “apharsamon,” a late form of the Greek word “opobalsamon,” which means “balsam sap.” “Apharsamon” has been appropriated by modern Hebrew for persimmon fruit (whose name is of Algonquian origin), solely due to phonetic similarity.
Only one king of Judah (and one king of Israel’s northern kingdom) was anointed with apharsamon oil, which was a poor substitute for the sacred oil described in Exodus. You also state that chemical analysis revealed that the oil in the jug was a plant extract not derived from any living plant.