JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Fall has begun, which means persimmon seeds are beginning to ripen.
This is good news for those who like to see what nature predicts for the seasons to come.
One local nursery manager told Region 8 News she and her family have relied on persimmon seeds as natural forecasters for years.
Debi Siebert Orr works at the Mid-South nursery in Jonesboro and had bad news about the upcoming winter.
"We are the Natural State, but it looks like this winter is going to be a doozy," Orr said.
She is confident because she counted four spoons and three knives inside her persimmon seeds.
Orr said that if you see a fork shape in the persimmon seed, the winter will have a light and fluffy snowfall.
A knife shape indicates icy and windy winters, and a spoon shows you'll be digging yourself out of the snow.
She mentioned that a ripe persimmon is necessary for an accurate reading.
"We picked our persimmon, cut it in half, we dug out the seed, see this was a ripe one so it's always the best one to come out," said Orr. "Then you cut the seed, I've just cut these two and this shows the spoon and the knife."
In order to see what is in store for Region 8, Orr recommended checking a local persimmon and not one from a grocery store.
Orr said grocery store persimmons might not come from our area.
Orr said the prediction in 2014 panned out, but last year's prediction did not, so everyone will just have to wait and see.
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