And while the food uses are great, there are other things you can do with this small tree. The green leaves can be dried and then steeped for slightly spicy tea. The wood is rock-hard, making good mallets and tool handles. Persimmon groves are a great place to hunt and trap, since so many game species visit the trees looking for ripe fruit. The seeds have even been claimed to predict upcoming winter weather. The protocol for this prognostication is strange but easy. Cut the seed in half with a sharp knife. Take a close look at the “sprout” inside the seed. The old adage is that you look for the shape of a knife, fork or spoon. If the sprout is skinny like a knife, the winter will be colder than normal, cutting right through you. If the sprout is forked, the worst of the weather will split and go around your area. Finally, if the sprout is wide at the end, like a spoon, you’ll be scooping lots of snow this winter. I’ve been cutting persimmon seeds for years and peering inside them. You are supposed to take the average of several seeds to make your prediction. Maybe there’s a pattern, maybe it’s just wishful thinking. Either way, it’s a fun tradition that I’ve passed down to my kids.