The exact details of the Bing cherry's origin are not clear, but it was named in honor of a Chinese man named Ah Bing. He was a co-worker and nursery foreman for Seth Lewelling, the man who developed the Bing variety into America’s #1 cherry. Some believe that it was Bing who developed the new cultivar and should receive more credit. The first tree came from the seed of another new variety, Republican, in 1875. Today there are over 1000 varieties of sweet cherries, and Bing still tops the list both in popularity and production. It is the cherry against which all others are compared.