Don't miss out on these summertime beauties. Salad, sangria, or sorbet—you're going to love these gorgeous fresh cherry recipes. Anyone who's stood over a sink pitting a bowlful with stained hands can attest to the cherry's dangerous squirtability. Sweet, deep-crimson Bing and peachy-colored Rainier are most abundant—and what we use in our recipes—though you might find yellow or inky purple varieties, too. If you live in an area where sour cherries reign, by all means use those; just be sure to balance the tang with a bit more sweetness.
Bittersweet Chocolate-Cherry Sorbet
Tart-sweet cherry and strong dark chocolate flavors meld beautifully in this surprisingly rich sorbet crowned with juicy fresh cherries. Use a high-quality jam for the sorbet, and be sure to start the process a day ahead for the best flavor and texture.