When Are Bing Cherries in Season?
Juicy, firm and dark red in color, it’s perhaps fitting that Bing cherries are heart-shaped, because they’re loved by so many cherry-lovers for their sweet, succulent taste.
Here are some facts about this uniquely North American stone fruit:
What are Bing cherries?
The Bing cherry is the most produced variety of sweet cherry in the US. The sweet cherry variety originated in the Pacific Northwest during the late 1800s, when Oregonian horticulturist Seth Lewelling and his foreman, Ah Bing (for whom the cherry is named) grafted it by grafting a Black Republican cherry variety.
What are Bing cherries good for?
Dark, sweet cherries, such as the Bing variety, are good for baking in pies, as well as for use in sauces, salads and chutneys. And, of course, they are excellent for eating fresh out of hand as a decadent, yet healthy, snack!
Are Bing cherries good for you?
The health benefits of Bing cherries are many. For one thing, Bing cherries are high in free radical-fighting antioxidants.
Bing cherries are a good source of natural sugar, ascorbic acid, protein, and minerals. Some studies suggest that making fresh Bing cherries or Bing cherry juice a regular part of your diet may:
- Help alleviate symptoms of arthritis and gout
- Prevent certain cancers (such as colon cancer)
- Help revitalize damaged skin cells
- Prevent/restore pulled muscles
- Soothe inflammation and speed up the healing process
- Reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes
- Help lower sugar, urate and cholesterol levels
When are Bing cherries available?
Part of what makes Bing cherries such a treat is that they are only available for a limited time. Most varieties of cherry are in season during the summer; the best month for Bings is July.
Where can I buy Bing cherries?
In mid-summer you can find Bing cherries at your local grocer, or – better yet – order cherries online from Pittman & Davis! Our plump, intensely sweet Bing cherries come to you direct from the Pacific Northwest mountains, where they’ve been nourished with rich soil and crystal-clear rivers. Don’t just keep them for yourself, either…there are so many ways to enjoy Bing cherries – gift included! Since Bing cherries are seasonal premium fruits, shipping cherries to friends, relatives, loved ones, and even business associates can be a great way to show you care.
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