Fresh, tangy cherries are a delicious treat, but you should give them a thorough cleaning before eating them. Washing your cherries will rinse off any loose dirt and remove any potential harmful residues on the surface of the fruit. Washing cherries is simple, but you should do it at the right time.

When to Wash

Resist the temptation to wash your cherries as soon as you get them home. If you wash them and then refrigerate them or leave them out, you’ll only hasten the process of spoiling. Leave the stems on — cherries will spoil more quickly with them removed — and store them in your refrigerator in a plastic bag if you’re not going to eat them right away. Remove any spoiled cherries before you store the rest.

Cleaning Your Cherries

When it’s time to eat, remove the cherries from storage and take out the amount you need. Return the rest to the refrigerator. Rinse the cherries gently in cool water. Drain off any excess water, then serve.