We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What are Bing Cherries?

Tricia Christensen
By
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
DelightedCooking is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At DelightedCooking, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Bing cherries are a very popular variety of cherry first cultivated in Oregon in the 19th century by Seth Lewelling. The cherry got its name from Lewelling’s foreman, who is only identified as Bing. It is said that Bing proved helpful in cultivating these cherries and some sources credit Bing as the true inventor of this most popular of cherries.

Since their cultivation in the 1870s, Bing cherries have become the most popular of North American cherries, surpassing every other style. They are drawn to the deep red color of the cherries, and also their consistently sweet taste. Bing cherries are still true to their home roots, with the largest cherry producers on the Pacific coast states. Their season is relatively short, though, so it can be easy to miss. Generally you’ll find them fresh from early June to July.

The color of Bing cherries can vary slightly. They may be bright red to a deep maroon, and normally darken as they ripen. The riper cherry will exhibit the sweetest taste, but even those that are still somewhat firm and bright red are usually sweet. It’s a good idea to keep fully ripe Bing cherries in the fridge, especially since they are mostly available during the hot months. Once ripe, they only last a few days before rotting, and the old saying, “A bad apple can spoil a whole bunch,” similarly applies to cherries. Once Bings start molding, the mold can easily spread to the rest of a bag or bowl of Bings.

Many people prefer to eat Bings straight out of the hand. They are excellent simply washed and eaten as such. Bing cherries also make their way into delicious cherry jam and preserves, cherry pie, and desserts like cherries jubilee. If you want a truly superlative cherry pie, you may want to choose Bings that are less on the ripe side, or add a few Queen Annes or Raniers to the mix. Generally Bings are so sweet, that they make for a too sweet filling if used when completely ripe. A slightly tart cherry tends to create a better pie.

Like many agricultural products, Bing cherries can vary in quality depending upon the season in which they are grown. Late rains, particularly common in Oregon and Washington, can wreck a cherry crop, causing mold to form on the cherries or the skins of the cherries to burst. Farmers also have to contend with birds for their cherry crop. Most birds are drawn to cherries as an extraordinary delicacy. Thus picking the cherries as soon as they are ripe is quite important in order to get a full crop.

Studies performed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2003 show preliminary evidence that Bing cherries help reduce toxins from the body and are a great anti-inflammatory food. The cherries were tested both for their effectiveness in treating arthritis and gout, and the research study concluded that positive results might be gained from eating a daily supply of fresh cherries.

DelightedCooking is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Tricia Christensen
By Tricia Christensen , Writer
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a DelightedCooking contributor, Tricia Christensen is based in Northern California and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her writing. Her wide-ranging interests include reading, writing, medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion, all of which she incorporates into her informative articles. Tricia is currently working on her first novel.

Discussion Comments

By anon154296 — On Feb 20, 2011

Thanks for posting this. it came in handy for one of my projects.

By anon100618 — On Jul 30, 2010

help. Will swallowing the pit harm you? they're so small.

By jsw23 — On Jul 20, 2010

It's important to buy Bing cherries when they are in season. Out of season Bings are essentially flavorless and very disappointing.

By frankjoseph — On Aug 23, 2009

In Australia, cherry season is typically around December/January.

By anon42765 — On Aug 23, 2009

I've found that the harder the cherry the tastier the cherry. Plus, I just like the texture better. I hate the surprise of a unsweet, mushy bing cherry.

Tricia Christensen

Tricia Christensen

Writer

With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a DelightedCooking contributor, Tricia...
Learn more
DelightedCooking, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

DelightedCooking, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.