This may seem a bit dim, but how do you tell when cherries are ripe? We moved here 3 months ago, now have a lovely cherry tree that's loaded with fruit in various stages of ripeness, and need to know when to pick it. I do not know what variety it is. I've been tasting them every day or so, picking the most uniformly red ones and it's just today I got one that was sweet enough to eat and not spit out, but it was still fairly sour. The skin is bright red and the flesh is yellow. Are they like other fruits that slip from the stem when they're truly ripe? Or do they always hang tight? Does the skin get shinier, more translucent, etc.? Are they better picked slightly unripe? I've never had a cherry tree before. When I pick them I guess I'll make them into many jars of pie filling!