Do you know which healthy ingredients are hiding underneath the skin of this small deep purple fruit?
The term “superfood” has been given to so many berries and vegetables now, that it’s almost lost its meaning, but that’s exactly what the Aronia berry is. While the berries have been used in Native American medicine for hundreds of years, scientists are only now studying what benefits it has for our health, and their findings are extremely positive.
Aronia berries grow in North America in small bunches, much like blackcurrants, blueberries, and cranberries, but have earned the nicknames “apple berries” and “choke berries” because they look more like stone fruit inside. There are two forms of chokeberry plants (Aronia melanocarpa); red and blue, though the blue is most common, and has the same blue-black shade of a blackberry. The fruits are about the same size as a blueberry, have a similar sharp taste to blackcurrants, and only contain 13 calories per 28g (fresh).
Traditionally, Native Americans used choke berries as a cold remedy, and likely found them an effective cure due to the berries’ richness in antioxidants, and current studies are showing that they have wide-spread health benefits.
Aronia is a native North American plant that is widely grown in Europe for fruit production. Aronia plants can easily be grown in the North American ecosystem in growing zones 3 to 7. The also called Chokeberry plant is a decidious, self pollinating, perennial shrub.
Growing Aronia berries in your garden brings many advantages. It is a very decorative and robust plant. Aronia is able to withstand insect infestations and is adapted to the natural ecosystem. Better than non native plants, it can easily handle diseases as well as natural variations in climate. Once planted in your garden, the Aronia plant requires just little care.
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