Bing cherries are a type of sweet cherry with fragrant, sweet flesh and dark red skin. The variety is high in pigmented anthocyanin antioxidants and a good source of fiber, vitamin C and potassium. Regular consumption of Bing cherries is good for constipation relief, weight loss, high blood pressure and skin health and provides antiaging benefits and benefits for arthritis, gout, diabetes and even sleep. Side effects of eating Bing cherries may include allergic reactions and stomach upset with diarrhea, especially with IBS, and, more rarely, teeth sensitivity due to the natural organic acids in the fruit.
What do Bing cherries look like?
Bing cherries have a typical cherry appearance: plump, slightly heart-shaped with a faint groove along one side. The Bing cherry is a relatively large fruit with firm, juicy flesh and smooth and shiny thin skin. The skin varies in color from red in fruit that are yet to ripen completely to dark red, reddish brown and purple-red in fully ripe fruit. The flesh is also colored, ranging from dark red to purple-red. Bing cherry juice is dark red in color and extremely flavorful. Each cherry has one hard-shelled, brown pit or stone in the center with one milky white seed kernel inside. See what Bing cherries look like in the pictures below.
What do Bing cherries taste like?
The Bing cherry is a sweet cherry cultivar, meaning it tastes more sweet rather than sour. Bing cherries are large, with firm, but juicy flesh, offering a generous, crisp bite. The cherries are extremely sweet, and taste and smell vividly of fruits. The rich fruity flavors are complimented perfectly by delicate tangy notes that round up the resonant flavor profile for an exquisite taste experience. Bing cherry season starts early June and typically lasts till late August. In some areas you can find Bing cherries in stores even earlier, in May, but the best cherries to buy are the ones from mid-June onwards.
Bing cherry nutrition
Bing cherries nutrition is, for the most part, the nutrition of sweet cherries in general. That means that Bing cherries are low in calories (about 63 kcal/100 g) and a moderate source of carbs (16 g of total carbohydrates/100 g of which 12.8 g sugar and 2.1 g dietary fiber). Bing cherries are a modest source of vitamin C with an average content of 7 mg of vitamin C/100 g. Other notable vitamins in Bing cherries include vitamins B1, B2, B5 and B6 at under 5% of daily values per 100 g serving, and the minerals copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium at 5% or lower daily values.
Vitamin K content in Bing cherries is low, and so is the content of vitamins B3, B9, choline, calcium and zinc, fat and protein. Bing cherries have almost no vitamin A and vitamin E, no vitamin D, no vitamin B12, no selenium and are essentially sodium-free. However, they are high in pigmented anthocyanin antioxidants and a source of melatonin, two components that account for most of their benefits for health.
What are Bing cherries good for?
- Anti-inflammatory benefits. Studies show Bing sweet cherries lower levels of several inflammation markers in the blood, including C-reactive protein, RANTES and nitric oxide (source).
- Benefits for arthritis pain relief. By lowering levels of C-reactive protein, nitric oxide and other inflammation markers in the body, Bing cherries may help with arthritis joint pain. Find out more about the benefits of cherries and cherry juice for arthritis pain.
- Benefits for gout. Studies show regular consumption of fresh cherries and cherry extract can reduce gout attacks by up to 35% (source). Bing cherries and cherries in general are further good for gout because they are low purine foods, reducing risks of the disease and associated flareups. Find out more about the benefits of cherries and cherry juice for gout.
- Minor benefits for sleep. Bing cherries are a natural source of melatonin and can help with sleep problems by improving sleep quality and even increasing sleep time. Find out more about the benefits of cherries and cherry juice for sleep.
- Benefits for blood pressure. Bing cherries are good for high blood pressure due to being almost sodium-free and a decent source of potassium and magnesium which help lower blood pressure numbers.
- Benefits for weight loss. With a little over 60 kilocalories per 100 g, Bing cherries can help you lose weight in a healthy manner, provided intake is reasonable.
- Benefits for constipation. Bing cherries are a good source of dietary fiber which promotes peristalsis and stimulates transit time for constipation relief.
- Benefits for gums, teeth and bones. Bing cherries are a good source of vitamin C for healthy gums and teeth, and contain calcium, magnesium and phosphorus for healthy bones and teeth.
- Blood thinning properties. Low in vitamin K, but a good source of vitamin C, Bing cherries have blood thinning properties and are safe to eat if you are on anticoagulants such as warfarin.
- Benefits for diabetes. You can eat Bing cherries with diabetes (in reasonable amounts) and enjoy benefits such as blood sugar control, better blood pressure numbers and weight management.
- Antiaging benefits. Bing cherries are high in pigmented anthocyanin antioxidants which help prevent, reduce and counteract oxidative stress and cell damage, and a source of vitamin C which stimulates the production of collagen for better skin elasticity and less wrinkles.
- Tonic, energizing properties. Source of dietary minerals and natural sugars, the Bing sweet cherry combats tiredness due to low blood sugar levels and boosts energy levels.
This post was updated on Tuesday / September 1st, 2020 at 11:40 PM