Bing cherries are a little bit of a mystery.
We know they’re from Oregon and named after Ah Bing, a foreman in the Lewelling family orchards, then owned by Seth Lewelling. What’s less clear is whether Bing actually participated in cultivating the cherries or they were named in his honor around 1875.
Here’s a fun (and by fun I mean nerdy) fact about Bing cherries and peaches alike–the pits can be used as a source of artificial almond flavoring, which is good for people allergic to almonds. Try this: freeze a handful of cherries with pits and an intact peach, then thaw them in the fridge and serve them with waffles. Voila–almond-free almond-flavored cherry and peach waffles.
From the box of F.J. from Sun City, Arizona. Some cards suggest a family history in Missouri and Kansas.
[Peach and Cherry Salad]
1 can seedless Bing cherries
1 can sliced peaches
1-1/2 [c.] small marshmallows
1/2 [c.] English walnuts
1 cup sour cream
From the recipe file of Ferna Mae Jones