Selecting & Storing Cherries

Color is the best guide when selecting cherries. Very dark cherries are the sweetest. Sour varieties are lighter in color but should still have bright uniform coloring. Look for firm, shiny cherries with stems still attached. Avoid fruit with cuts or bruises.

Ranier cherries have a reddish-yellow color. The red or pink tint indicates sun exposure and a sweeter fruit.

When you get the cherries home, they should be put right in the refrigerator. Cherries need cold temperatures and high humidity but should not be stored wet. Store in the refrigerator, unwashed, in a plastic bag. Wash with cold water prior to eating.

Cherries may also be frozen. Spread washed cherries on a baking sheet, freeze until firm, then place in a freezer bag or container. If you pit the cherries before freezing, you will have cherries ready for a smoothie or baking.