Silly Food Fact
The Bing is the #1 cherry in the U.S. We know its dark red color and superb burst of flavor, but why is it called Bing? The story starts with pioneer Samuel Lewelling on the Oregon Trail in 1847. He traveled with 700 fruit trees in his wagon. Half the trees survived to start an orchard where Lewelling and his Chinese foreman, Ah Bing, experimented with new cherry varieties. One of these yielded huge, beautiful cherries—named, of course, to honor the foreman. Today, Washington state is the largest cherry producer, and cherry season peaks each July.
Why Our Bodies Love It
Bing cherries keep your cells working at top condition! They are a good source of antioxidants, as well as vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. An important study in 2003 indicated that cherries fight inflammation and may help relieve pain from arthritis and gout. Scientists are now exploring whether cherries might help other conditions, such as cancer and heart disease.
Care and Picking
Many gardeners have groaned in frustration over cherry problems: disease, pruning, pollination, birds … you name it. New cherry varieties, however, solve many of these problems, and an inexpensive net can help keep birds from eating your cherries. To grow a cherry tree, you’ll need well-drained soil and direct sun, without too hot of summers. It takes a few years before cherries appear, and the harvest season is June-August.
Want to create your own supply? Or simply love gardening? Learn how to grow Bing Cherry Trees here!
Tips and Warnings
Look for glossy, firm Bing cherries; the darker the red color, the sweeter they are! Unwashed, fresh cherries can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. When eating, wash just the cherries you are using so moisture doesn’t cause others to spoil. To get the best flavor, let the cherries reach room temperature before eating. You can certainly freeze Bing cherries, but remove the pits first—otherwise, the cherries can pick up an odd, almond-like flavor.
If you’re wondering the best way to pit a bing cherry.