We never had fresh cherries in the house growing up. It just wasn’t something my mom bought at the grocery store. She did bake things with maraschino cherries in them, and while I enjoy them, I also assumed that I wasn’t a huge fan of cherries based on those experiences. I was WRONG. Not only are fresh cherries completely different (and totally AMAZING, as I discovered upon eating my first fresh cherry in my 20’s), but not all maraschino cherries are created equal! No, those aren’t black olives you see (like my husband thought they were). 😉 Those beautiful, dark gems are Italian maraschino cherries on top of my Black Forest Pie.