Bounce-berries

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In the mid-1800s, com­mer­cial cran­berry op­er­a­tor John “Peg Leg” Webb dis­cov­ered the con­cept of bounc­ing each berry to de­ter­mine its ripeness and qual­ity. Le­gend has it that when he ac­ci­den­tally dropped a bar­rel of cran­ber­ries down his stairs, he no­ticed that only the firmest and the finest bounced while the bruised and over­ripe stayed on the up­per stairs. Peg Leg Webb soon had a rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing high qual­ity cran­ber­ries. To­day’s cran­ber­ries face a sim­i­lar test us­ing a bounce board sep­a­ra­tor. Cran­ber­ries are mainly cul­ti­vated in Mas­sachusetts, Wis­con­sin, Wash­ing­ton, New Jer­sey, and Ore­gon.

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