Michigan used to be the cherry capital of the world and still lays some claim to the title. I met the Cherry Queen a couple years ago (heck of a title, eh?). She was drop dead gorgeous with a personality to match. And no, bpb, I didn't get a look at her cherry.
Most cherries grow in the US are actually the sour/tart varieties that you mix with sugar to make pie/tart fillings. The Bing and Ranier (striped yellow) cherries are the sweets that you find in the grocery store produce section. They are best eaten fresh, though sweet cherry ice cream is one of my favorites.
Meet Kaley Schroeder, 2006 National Cherry Queen.