Cherry trees produce two types of berries: sweet cherries are firm, heart-shaped deep red, purple-black or golden colored berries (bing, lambert, tartarian, royal ann); sour cherries are smaller, softer and rounder (early richmond, montmorency, morello). Marischino cherries are made from royal anns. Dried cherries of both types are also available.
Season: June - September
How to select: Look for bright shiny cherries that are firm but not hard. If they have their stems they will last longer.
How to prepare: flambe, raw
Matches well with: almonds, apricots, balsamic vinegar, black pepper, brandy, caramel, chocolate, Cognac, cream, custards, goat cheese, Grand Marnier, ice cream, Kirsch, lemon, mint, nuts, peaches, plums, port, sour cream, vanilla