One of the great treats of the early summer are fresh cherries. One of the best varieties is the Michigan Black Cherry. These cherries are black in color without any red hint. If you find a cherry in a store that looks black but has some red tint to it, then you don't have a Michigan black cherry. These cherries are sweet. As far as I am concerned they are the best cherries for out of hand eating. Now when you do eat them out of hand you better have a napkin or even a bib nearby, as these things are juicy. My fingernails turn dark purple from just eating the cherries, so imagine the number these things could do on your white t-shirt.
So where do you find these cherries? Well your not likely to find them in the supermarket, I never saw them. I got mine from Kapnick Orchards at the Saline Farmer's Market. Your local farmer's market is your best choice to pick up these sweet treasures. If you live outside of Michigan, well then good luck to you. There is a reason they are called Michigan black cherries and I don't think Michigan exports any (but I may be wrong). Sour pie cherries are the pre-dominant type of cherry grown in the state. So if you can find some black ones, grab them up as soon as you can, you will be happy you did.