Here are some instructions for storing cherries to maximise their lifespan — assuming you can stop yourself from eating them all as soon as you get them home!

• When selecting cherries at the store, look for shiny, firm fruits with green stems attached. Green stems are a freshness indicator. Avoid choosing soft cherries with major bruises or blemishes.
• Store cherries unwashed and uncovered in the coldest part of the refrigerator.
• Avoid storing cherries near strong-smelling foods (like onions or garlic). Your cherries can take on the odor of these foods which alters their taste.
• Rinse cherries under cold water only when you are ready to use or eat them.
• Avoid placing cherries near windows, sunlit areas or other warm areas for a prolonged period of time. Warm environments cause cherries to deteriorate quickly.
• Periodically check your cherries for decay. Remove rotten cherries immediately in order to preserve the rest of your bag.