For now, all we are doing is washing them and eating them right out of the colander.
Last week, the cherry stand opened at our farmer's market with these incredible Brooks variety cherries, the earliest on the market and full two weeks ahead of the Bings.
The Brooks cherry was developed at UC Davis and only released to the public in 1987, so it's the new kid in town compared to Rainiers and Bings, but I like it even better than those two for its complex flavor. Yes, it's sweet but also just a little tangy, not as darkly rich as Bings, not as simply sweet as Rainiers.
I may get around to clafoutis, or even to a pie since these are partially freestone but, for now, we are happy just to hold the smooth shiny fruit between our teeth while we pull off the stem, then bite into a burst of juicy cherriness. Next to strawberries, cherries are my favorites - at least for now.