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 Aronia 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 “chokeberries” because they look more like stone fruit inside. There are two forms of Aronia berry; red and blue, though the blue is most common, and has the same blue-black shade of a blackberry. Aronia berries 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 Aronia 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 (which you can read more about below).
Which Vitamins and Minerals does Aronia contain?
Aronia berries contain high levels of vitamin C, B1, B2, B6, K, as well as folate, niacin,
pantothenic acid, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc, among others.
Aronia extract has been seen to have significant effects in inhibiting cancer growth and cell
damage, in comparison to other extracts. While most fruit and vegetables have at least a
minor effect, few are as powerful as Aronia.
Organ Repair and Health
Aronia has been seen to significantly reduce the symptoms and severity of liver and stomach
damage in rats, likely due to the incredibly high antioxidant activity in Aronia berries.
What Does Aronia Berry Taste Like?
Aronia berries have a sharp and “dry” taste, like blackcurrants and cranberries, so are best
baked into your food or mixed into drinks.
Are There Any Side Effects to Taking Aronia?
No, there are no documented side effects to Aronia berries or extract. If you have any
allergies to other fruit or berries, be cautious when trying Aronia for the first time to check for a reaction.
How to Include Aronia Berry
in Your Diet
Aronia berries can be consumed fresh, dried, juiced, or in extract form. You can use fresh
and dried Aronia berries just as you would any other berry; baked into muffins, cookies,
bread, eaten as a snack (like raisins), added to smoothies, juiced, drank as a fruit tea, added
to cereal, and any other way you like to consume your berries.