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 The Cranberry

45. The Cranberry

    The cranberry is a North American fruit that grows on a bush. The cranberry is small, round, red, and very bitter. American Indians used the berries for food and medicine. When settlers first came from England in the 1600s, they liked these berries, too. The settlers had never seen the berries before. They decided to call them "crane berries," because birds called cranes ate them.

    The cranberry bush does not grow everywhere in the United States. In fact, it grows in only five states: Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. These states have the special conditions that the cranberry bush needs.

    Cranberries ripen when the weather starts to become cold. We see cranberries in the stores in the fall. Many people eat cranberries as part of the feast of Thanksgiving in November.

    Sometimes cranberries are cooked and made into a sauce or a jelly. Cranberries taste less bitter after they are cooked.

    Cranberry growers separate the best cranberries from all the rest. It's hard to recognize the best cranberries just by looking. So cranberry growers use a special method, which was developed by accident by a man named John Webb.

    One day, as John Webb was taking a container of berries down some steps, he spilled the berries. While he was picking them up he noticed something interesting. The bad berries had stayed on the top steps, and the best berries had bounced down all the way to the bottom. Today, cranberry growers use a seven-step test to separate berries. The best cranberries are the ones that bounce down seven steps!



1. How do the cranberries taste?
a. They are sour.
b. They are sweet.
c. They are btiter.

2. How did the Indians use the cranberries?
a. As a poison
b. As a paint
c. As a medicine

3. Why did the cranberries get their name?
a. Because of birds
b. Because of the place, where they grew.
c. Because of their taste

4. On what holiday do Americans eat the cranberries?
a. On Christmas Day
b. At Halloween
c. On Thanksgiving Day

5. What is John Webb famous for?
a. He discovered the cranberries.
b. He figured out how to determine the best cranberries.
c. He found out how to take care of cranberries.

6. In how many states do the cranberries grow in the USA?
a. Three
b. Four
c. Five

7. What is the synonym for the word ‘bush’ (paragraph 1)?
a. Tree
b. Shrubbery
c. Flower
d. Trunk

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