All sweet cherries are best eaten out of hand, popped into you mouth as a snack or simple dessert. See when to expect which sweet cherries below. Learn more about all cherries with the Guide to Cherries.
Bing cherries are the leading commercial sweet cherry. They are firm, juicy, large, and a deep mahogany red when ripe. They have a distinctive heart shape. Bings are intensely sweet, with a vibrant flavor.
Chelan cherries are early-ripening sweet cherries mostly grown in the Pacific Northwest. They ripen up to two weeks ahead of Bing cherries They are firm, round (rather than heart-shaped), and quite large. Like Bing cherries, they are deeply colored and very sweet.
Lapin CherriesLapin cherries are large, mahogany, firm, and quite sweet. They ripen about two weeks after Bing cherries but are only available for a week or two - grab them when they can.
Rainier cherries are yellow inside and out, with just a bit of red blush on them, and exceptionally large. They are quite sweet and very firm.