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Cook With Bing Cherries: Nutrition, Tips & Silly Food Facts

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.

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