It's cherry time in Lodi!
Cherries have a short season and they don't hold so you have to eat them, cook with them, or freeze them, immediately. We were given a large box of cherries by the Costas, whose bings are shipped worldwide, from Japan to the White House.
Even using a cherry pitter, pits manage to sneak through so we not only use the pitter but we cut each cherry open to make sure it's clean.... a lot of work.
The results are worth it.