Choose full sized cherries that are shiny with green stems and unmarked flesh. Cherries are very susceptible to rain and hail and this is why the fruit can be expensive. Different varieties of cherries can range from light red to almost black when ripe. Thus, some cherry varieties are overrripe when black while some are perfect to eat when they reach this colour. Ask your greengrocer for assistance or try one before you buy (just dont put the pip back in with the cherries!!!). Store cherries with their stalks on in a bag in the refrigerator, or freeze for cooking with or without their pips . Australian Cherries are available from November-February, imported cherries may be available at other times of the year.