Cherry fruit season lasts from end of Mayuntil August in the United States. Fresh ripe cherries have a short shelf life. In the store, choose cherries that have bright, shiny skin with green stalk firmly attached to the top of the fruit. Keep fresh cherries in the refrigerator. Whenever you wish to eat them, just rinse cherries in lukewarm water to remove dust and to bring them to room temperature. Then, gently pat dry with soft cloth to remove moisture.