Cherries are the ultimate summer fruit, and we love to put them in everything from homemade pie to glazed chicken wings. You can also add them to salads, pancakes and oatmeal for a rich, subtle sweetness. Showcase cherries by pairing them with savory foods, whether it's in this twist on pico de gallo and this decadent tart, which pairs sweet cherries with a savory cornmeal crust and creamy mascarpone cheese. Whether you want to add sweetness to homemade barbecue sauce or are looking for a perfect summer dessert, F&W's guide to cherries has these recipes and more.

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Luxardo-Style Cherries
Move over maraschino cherries, there's a serious new upgrade in town—and with this recipe, you can save money by making your own instead of buying the pricey ones from the store. Cook a batch when cherries are in season, or any time of year; frozen cherries work well here. Be sure to cook the cherries for only 2 minutes; it's just enough to infuse them yet keep them firm and whole instead of turning them to jam. These cherries are the perfect garnish for your next Manhattan, a bowl of vanilla ice cream, or a cake. Or keep a few jars on-hand for an elegant hostess gift.
Cooking Professionals Love Oxo's $13 Cherry Pitter That Easily Pops Out the Pit
People have even pitted three pounds of cherries in "less than 2 minutes."
Cherry Clafoutis with Malted Whipped Cream
The star of this simple clafoutis from Portland, Oregon, chef Joshua McFadden is the slightly savory malted whipped cream. It’s the perfect topping for juicy, sweet, peak-season fruit. McFadden uses cherries here, but you can sub in 4 cups of any other pitted and sliced stone fruit. Slideshow: More Cherry Dessert Recipes 
Cherry Jam–and–Ricotta Tart
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For this outstanding tart, cookbook author Rachel Roddy layers sweet-tart cherry jam and creamy ricotta in a perfectly crisp, buttery pie crust. Slideshow: More Fruit Tart Recipes 
Pickled Cherries
These tangy pickled cherries from star chef Tom Colicchio are also great served alongside pâté, tossed in a salad or pitted and sprinkled over crostini smeared with fresh ricotta. Slideshow:  More Cherry Recipes 
Fresh Cherries with Spring Onions and Cilantro
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Bright, fresh and exceptionally simple, this five-ingredient salad from chef Zakary Pelaccio is a perfect way to highlight supersweet cherries. Slideshow: More Cherry Recipes 

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4 Ways to Make Everything Better with Cherries
Earlier this week, F&W's Justin Chapple showed how to easily de-pit cherries using a wine bottle and a chopstick. Here, his Test Kitchen co-star Kay Chun offers four clever ways to use all that fruit.
Our 23 Best Cherry Recipes
These fantastic, sweet-and-savory cherry recipes include a grilled cherry-vanilla clafoutis, cherry-berry pie, and flaky gateau basque.