Keep in mind that the cherry season is short—you’ll want to take advantage of it as soon as possible. Get some the moment you see them in the market so you don’t miss out. Although pitting may seem like a hassle, the results are worth it. Cherries have a pronounced flavor and pair well with strong spices. One of my favorite combinations is with cardamom. | When using fresh cherries, do not pit them too far in advance. Their flavor starts to dissipate and they turn brown soon after pitting.