Photo by Mariapaola Ardemagni
Not everyone knows that kaki seeds are found inside some beautiful cutlery in miniature: depending on the suit we can expect to meet spoon, knife or fork. The peasant tradition says that depending on the cutlery we find, we can predict what winter will be like.
To tell the truth, nowadays not everyone knows that seeds should be inside the persimmon fruit: the selection of varieties aimed at producing seedless persimmons and it has become increasingly rare to find them. The seed is found inside the pulp, is of medium size, one to two centimeters long, with brown rind.
To find the cutlery we have to cut the seed in half lengthwise, with the help of a knife. Generally the cutlery that is inside is clearly visible, of a beautiful white color. It will not be difficult to understand if we have found a fork, a spoon or a knife.
Predict winter with seeds
Since the persimmon harvest takes place in autumn, between October and November, popular belief has attributed to these nice cutlery the task of show us what winter will be like. If you want to dabble in these unscientific weather forecasts, you need to know how to interpret the cutlery.
- The spoon it means there will be a lot of snow to shovel.
- Fork indicates a mild winter, without particular frost.
- The knife it is a sign of sharp cold.
The cutlery game is beautiful to play with children, who will enjoy discovering the surprise hidden in each seed. It is one of the many ways to interest the little ones in nature, provoking interest in a seed. It can become the occasion of one "scientific" explanation, as long as you don't ruin all the magic and the playful aspect. In fact, what we call posata is none other than the shoot, its shape is variable in relation to its stage of preparation to go out and emit cotyledons (the first leaves). So our knife, fork or spoon is none other than the very young persimmon plant, not yet born and protected by the seed integument. The white color is due to the fact that the sprout is closed in the dark, once sprouted thanks to chlorophyll photosynthesis it will become the green we are used to.
Unfortunately, as we said, it is rare to find seeds in kakis purchased at the supermarket, and in general in those from well-selected plants, on the other hand it has also become difficult to predict the climate, with increasingly anomalous winters.