April – June from California, June – August from Oregon & Washington, December – January from Chile
Pick cherries that are dark red to almost black, but still firm with fresh green stems. They should be shiny and not stick together. There is nothing like a good crisp dark Bing cherry. They are sweet with a burst of juice that cannot be described–only experienced.
Avoid soft and “leaky” cherries they aren’t good for anything. Remember, when they are starting to go bad, they are bad! Avoid a cherry pile that is sticky and has fruit that is mushy and dull with loose dried up brown stems. These cherries are on their way out.