Black cherries are best eaten fresh and tend to turn to mealy mush when baked. Try them in this Fresh Black Cherry Tart where they are pitted and arranged on a pastry shell. I use Bing cherries to make Brandied Cherries with great success.
Look for shiny, taut-skinned black cherries at the market.
Note: Because there are so many varieties, the sweet cherry season starts in May and runs well into August. Learn more about sweet cherries with this quick Guide to Sweet Cherry Varieties.