Recent research has shown that tart cherries have anti-inflammatory benefits that can ease joint pain. If that's another reason to enjoy a slice of pie, we'll take it!
Buy: Fresh cherries are brightly colored and heavy with smooth skin. Avoid fruit with bruises or brown spots and make sure the stems are intact.
Store: Cherries are harvested at their peak and do not continue to ripen off the tree, so it's best to eat them within the first two days of picking. Buy what you need, rinse with cold water, and store at room temperature for the best flavor.
Prepare: Munch on cherries anytime, but be careful to avoid the pit. Use a cherry pitter to remove the pit before giving cherries to children under 8. (You can also use a small knife to slice the cherry in half and pull out the pit.) Add cherries to punch up cereal, salads, pies, and cobblers.