Saturday, 12 July 2008

Three Cherries

5"X7" Oil on board

I love Cherry season, these are the all-popular Bing cherries.
Wikipedia has this to say about the mighty Bing.

"Bing is a cultivar of cherry that originated in the Pacific Northwest, specifically in what is now Milwaukie, Oregon. Bing remains a major cultivar in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. The cultivar was developed in the 1870s by Oregon horticulturalist Seth Lewelling and his Manchurian Chinese foreman Ah Bing, for whom the cultivar is named."

..and WiseGeek says...

"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 Bing cherries."

Hmmm, too bad they are only available in June and July