Choose organic cherries that are plump, firm and dark red in colour for the best flavour, with a fresh green stem. Avoid small, pale cherries, which are dull in colour, as they may be immature and lacking in juice and flavour. Also avoid over ripe fruit, which are soft and dull and often bruised or split.
To enjoy the flavour of fresh, sweet cherries, use within three to four days. Cherries can also be frozen. Place 500g of washed, dried, stemmed cherries in a clean freezer bag, remove air, seal, label and freeze.
Cherries are an excellent source of vitamin C and a useful source of potassium and dietary fibre.