ARONIA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We will be happy to answer frequently asked questions. Simply select the area that particularly interests you: Products, plants or shop order. Click on the desired question - the respective area then opens and the answer "pops up". If you are interested in health benefits of the Aronia berry, please visit our Aronia Berry page. The plant itself is subject of our Aronia Plant page.

ARONIA PRODUCTS


WHERE DO THE ARONIA BERRIES COME FROM?

The main growing areas of the Aronia berry have always been in Eastern Europe, but the dark purple superberries are also becoming increasingly popular in other parts of the world. In Germany the Aronia is planted on more than 500 hectares. About half of this area is cultivated exclusively for our Aronia ORIGINAL products. Thus the berries for our 100% Aronia direct juices, which you can buy for example in health food stores or our online shop, come from organic and Demeter certified farmers in Germany and are also processed in regional juice pressing plants.

Are all Aronia ORIGINAL products organic?
Yes, all our currently available Aronia ORIGINAL products are certified organic or are products from the conversion to organic farming. We provide proof of our organic products through the officially required listing of the organic inspection number and the display of the EU organic logo on the packaging.

Why are other juices with Aronia cheaper?
This is a question of quality: Is the juice a direct juice or Aronia juice from fruit juice concentrate? With mixed juices: What is the percentage of Aronia juice? If it is direct juice, does it come from the first pressing and is of 'motherjuice' quality? Are organic Aronia berries (chokeberries) used for the juice? And where do the berries come from? Are the chokeberries purchased directly from the grower or from the retail market? Where are they pressed and bottled? All these considerations and many more play an important role in pricing.

With Aronia ORIGINAL's Aronia juices you can be sure: 100% direct juices in 'motherjuice' quality from organic Aronia berries ( chokeberries), purchased directly from organic growers, pressed and bottled in experienced juice pressing plants.

DO YOU ADD SUGAR TO YOUR ARONIA PRODUCTS?

We do not use crystal sugar in most of our products. If sweetening seems necessary, we use alternative sweeteners such as rice syrup (e.g. for our Organic Aronia Crunchy), agave syrup (e.g. for our Organic Aronia Fruit Spread) or grape juice concentrate (e.g. for our Organic Aronia Jam Extra). Exceptions are the Organic Aronia Berries in dark chocolate, the Organic Aronia Mulled Wine and the Organic Aronia Punch: here raw cane sugar is used for sweetening.

Summarized: The Aronia ORIGINAL core assortment, consisting of Organic Aronia juice, Dried Organic Aronia Berries and Organic Aronia Powder is completely without added sugar or sweeteners and contains only the naturally contained fructose of the Aronia.

HOW MUCH ARONIA SHOULD I TAKE IN DAILY?

Based on experience, we recommend taking 100 ml of organic Aronia juice, 1-2 tablespoons of dried organic Aronia berries or 2 tablespoons of organic Aronia powder daily. Find the ideal amount for you, because every person is different and tolerates Aronia products differently.

When should I take the Aronia juice? If you would like to drink the Aronia juice pure, many of our customers have found that a daily sip after a meal, preferably after breakfast or lunch, has proved to be a good idea. Apart from that: enjoy Aronia whenever you like and feel like it.

Can I also mix Aronia juice?
Of course you can enjoy Aronia juice with mineral water as a refreshing spritzer or with ice tea or other fruit juices as a mixed drink. If you like a warming hot drink on cold days, you can also warm the juice gently or infuse it with hot water or tea.

Can I give my child Aronia and if so, in what quantities?
There is nothing to prevent children from eating chokeberries in the form of juice, dried berries or powder. Slowly introduce your child to the flavour of the Aronia berry and first test whether your child likes Aronia with small quantities. Our indulgence products, such as the Organic Aronia Fruit Bar, the Organic Aronia Jam Extra or the Organic Aronia Crunchy are an ideal and tasty portion of Aronia berries for both small and large Aronia fans.

WHICH IS BETTER: JUICE, DRIED BERRIES OR POWDER?

This is entirely a matter of taste and you can decide according to your individual habits. For the daily sip of Aronia or a refreshing juice spritzer, Aronia juice is ideal. If you prefer muesli for breakfast or enjoy eating dried fruit, we recommend the dried Aronia berries. If you like to conjure up fresh smoothies and are open to creative recipe ideas, then you could choose the Aronia powder.

Is it enough if I drink Aronia juice, or should I combine it with other Aronia products?
Our Aronia Juice, but also the dried chokeberries are excellent for eating Aronia every day: about 100ml organic Aronia juice pure or diluted, 1-2 tbsp dried Aronia berries, e.g. in muesli, or 2 tbsp organic Aronia powder in a smoothie. You can put together your own individual and creative Aronia portion.

WHAT DOES 'MOTHERJUICE' MEAN? WHAT IS A DIRECT JUICE?

Juice has many faces. Direct juice, 'motherjuice', fruit juice, nectar... The differences lie in the fruit content and are laid down in the Fruit Juice and Soft Drinks Regulations.

'Motherjuice' and direct juice
The term "motherjuice" is also generally understood to mean direct juice, but only from the first pressing. This is a gentle juice production, as the fruits are only pressed once and not several times - comparable to high-quality oils from first pressing. 'Motherjuice' guarantees that as many of the ingredients of the fruits pressed into juice as possible end up in the juice glass.

Juice from fruit juice concentrate
Also consists of 100% fruit, but is produced from fruit juice concentrate, i.e. the fruit is pressed after harvesting and the juice is then reduced to concentrate under vacuum. This process removes water and juice aroma. Due to lower transport volumes, larger quantities of concentrate can now be transported to the juice bottler regardless of the season. Water and natural flavouring substances are added to the concentrate on site.

Nectars
Fruit and vegetables which are not suitable as direct juice due to their high acid content or unfavourable consistency (e.g. too much fruit flesh) are processed with sugar and water to produce so-called nectar. Up to 20% sugar and between 25-50% water content may be added to a nectar according to law. This means a fruit content of only 50-75%.

Fruit juice drink
A drink called a "fruit juice drink" is more like a soft drink than a juice. Here the focus is no longer on the fruit: the fruit content should only be between 5% and 30%, which is topped up with water and additives. Fruit juice drinks contain sugar or other sweeteners. The taste is often due to added flavours.

By the way: All juices from Aronia ORIGINAL are direct juices and have 'motherjuice' quality!

HOW LONG DOES (OPENED) ARONIA JUICE LAST?

Opened bottle of Aronia juice: After opening, store the bottles in the refrigerator and consume the juice within 10 days if possible. By the way: 'motherjuice' should be protected from light and air to ensure the highest possible quality. We have had special light-protecting amber glass bottles developed for our direct juices in the 0.7 litre size. The screw cap is provided with a so-called lid head scoring. If the contents unexpectedly start to ferment, the pressure escapes through a membrane in the lid. The danger of bursting glass bottles is reduced and you can immediately recognize if something is wrong by the curvature of the lid.

How long does the Aronia juice last in a 2-litre, 3-litre or 5-litre juice pack? Do not be afraid of large quantities! In the practical juice pack with vacuum tap, the 100% direct juice can be kept for three months without refrigeration. The instructions for opening the box correctly are on the carton. Important: Do not turn the box backwards or upwards when opened - air could possibly get in and impair the quality of the juice. Pouring the juice into bottles also affects the shelf life. By the way, the 3-litre pack is ideal as a monthly ration for 100 ml of Aronia juice.
Tip: when the inner bag is almost empty, the carton should be tilted a little towards the tap. This prevents air from entering the bag when there is only little juice left in the bag.

ARE ARONIA ORIGINAL PRODUCTS VEGAN?

All Aronia ORIGINAL products, which also carry the Vegan Flower of the Vegan Society on the label, are vegan. No animal substances have been used in the list of ingredients, the production process or in the packaging material.

ARONIA PLANTS


IN WHICH CLIMATE DOES THE ARONIA THRIVE?

The climate in Northern America offers optimal conditions for the Aronia berry. The Aronia can also get used to rough and cold weather. In contrast, dry climate is unfavourable. Here, cultivation is only possible with a lot of effort and care, because the soil should have a solid basic moisture. It is also possible to cultivate Aronia bushes at altitudes of up to 1000 metres.

From flowering to harvest: how does Aronia behave throughout the year? From March onwards the first leaves of the Aronia plant start to sprout. From the end of April to May, the Aronia shows its white blossoms. The many small flower umbels delight garden lovers and bees alike. The first berries ripen from August to mid September, depending on the weather. The variety is also decisive for the yield: for a solid yield, the Aronia Nero Superberry is a good choice. From October onwards, the leaves turn a bright red colour and adorn the autumn garden. After shedding the leaves, the Aronia plant winters at temperatures as low as -35°C.

WHEN, HOW AND WHERE DO I PLANT THE ARONIA?

Which location should I choose for Aronia plants?
A sunny, bright planting location is ideal. Light and summer warmth support the budding of new branches and the formation of fructose in the Aronia berries. Partial shade is also possible, but the growth may be somewhat less in this area. The Aronia can cope well with the weather side. Too close to walls and planting under trees should be avoided. Over the years, Aronia shrubs form strong roots with strong side shoots. A root depth of up to 2.00 m can also be achieved.

The ideal soil conditions for Aronia plants
In principle, Aronia plants can adapt to different soil conditions. Mixed soils of sand & loam are ideal. A constant soil moisture content can also be beneficial. Unfavourable are too dry or very calcareous soil conditions. Pure loam or sandy soils impede (inhibit) the growth of the plant.

When is the optimal planting time?
Aronia plants can be planted in spring - preferably before flowering in May - or in autumn. It is important that the soil is frost-free. September to early December is ideal. During the winter months the Aronia plant can get used to the new location and sprout vigorously in spring.

ARONIA AS A SOLITARY PLANT OR AS A HEDGE PLANT?

That depends on how you want to integrate your Aronia into the garden. As a useful plant for a rich harvest, as an ornamental plant or as a hedge - both are possible. The Aronia is ideally suited as a useful plant in a solitary position. Here, the distance should be at least 0.80 m to 1.20 m.
Tip: You can choose a more generous spacing. This makes it all the more convenient for you to pick the chokeberries later. For a Aronia hedge we recommend a distance of 0.40 m to 0.60 m. Depending on how opaque the hedge is to be. Note that Aronia bushes lose their foliage in late autumn.

Is it possible to plant Aronia in a pot for balcony or terrace?
Of course! A pot made of ceramic or clay with a capacity of 20 litres or more is best, because Aronia has strong, vigorous roots. Proper watering is especially important here. Avoid waterlogging. Fertilize only when necessary. Choose a sunny location in any case.

HOW DO I CARE FOR THE ARONIA PLANT?

Pruning the Aronia plant
When we deliver our Aronia plants to you, no pruning is necessary. It is advisable to prune in the first and second year after planting, so that the Aronia can sprout vigorously. Later, the pruning effort remains low, thanks to the even, calm growth. In order to rejuvenate or thinn out the shrub, isolated shoots can be pruned on the ground.
Tip: Always cut plants in late autumn at a leafless time. This allows the Aronia to sprout vigorously in spring. In the summer months, mark the shoots that you want to cut off due to low foliage or umbel formation.

How to water and fertilize properly
As a general rule, in hot periods the Aronia should be watered sufficiently. Take care to avoid waterlogging. Sandy soil dries out quickly, but is loose and permeable. Loamy soil tends to stagnant moisture and lack of air. Aronia plants are very frugal. Only use organic fertiliser when necessary. You should be careful with compost or manure. Both can contain lime, which has a rather unfavourable effect. Bark mulch is not advisable either, it can extract nitrogen from the soil. A good alternative is the addition of humus.

How do I recognize nutrient or water deficiency?

  • A nutrient deficiency first becomes apparent on the leaves of the plant: the leaves lack the juicy, lush green. They are pale, light green to yellowish. The Aronia appears limp and weak.
  • If there is a water deficiency, the plant will not form or shed all the subordinate parts such as the flower, umbel or berries. The leaves are also affected: they colour too early and fall off.
I have no harvest: what can be the reason?
Even though Aronia plants are very robust, it can happen that the harvest is quite small or even completely fails. The following factors could be the reason:

  • the wrong location - too little or no sun
  • the weather - lots of rain + cold year
  • the soil - too sandy or too loamy
  • lack of nutrients (or too much fertilizer)
  • the variety of Aronia

WHEN ARE ARONIA BERRIES REALLY RIPE?

August to September is harvest time for the Aronia berry. The exact time depends on the altitude, weather and the number of hours of sunshine.
How I can tell if the Aronia berries are ripe: With a simple test - pick one or two berries from each of several cones and cut them in the middle with a sharp knife. If the berry is dark purple through to the middle, then the ideal ripeness is reached.

Help! The birds are eating away my ripe chokeberries!
Birds, especially blackbirds and starlings, are real Aronia gourmets. As soon as the first birds peck at your Aronia fruits, you can be sure: the Aronia berries have reached optimal ripeness.

Tip: Protect the plant with a bird net, for example. Important: it should be stretched to the ground to prevent the birds from getting caught and injured. To create additional distance between the net and the shrub, wooden posts are a good choice. Then the dark fruits remain out of reach for the animal visitors.

DO FRESH ARONIA BERRIES ACTUALLY CONTAIN PRUSSIC ACID?

Some of our customers express concern that fresh Aronia berries contain a considerable amount of bound prussic acid (cyanide). This is released when fresh Aronia berries are eaten, which is why the dark fruits are not suitable for immediate consumption.

Here is an all-clear: cyanide is only contained in the small seeds of the Aronia berry. In order to release them, a large number of them would have to be finely ground in the mouth. The prussic acid is broken down by heat treatment, e.g. in the production of juice or jam. According to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the daily limit is 75 micrograms of prussic acid per kilogram of body weight (ARfD). This means that an adult with a body weight of 70 kg can absorb up to 5.25 mg cyanide per day without any undesirable effects on health.

The kernels of 100 g of fresh Aronia berries contain about 0.6 to 1.2 mg bound prussic acid. An adult weighing 70 kg could therefore consume between 438 g and 875 g of fresh chokeberries per day (and chew the small seeds finely) without the prussic acid content being a cause for concern.

For comparison: The cyanide content of sweet apricot kernels, which are offered as a snack in many places, is on average 2.4 mg per 100 g (source: Max Rubner Institute)

So I can eat fresh berries?
Of course. Fresh Aronia berries can be eaten by young and old directly from the bush. Freshly nibbled in small quantities, mixed in a smoothie, made into homemade jam or as an ingredient for sweet cakes and desserts or savoury sauces and chutneys - fresh Aronia berries can be used in the kitchen in a versatile and creative way. The high proportion of dark plant dyes conjures up a bright violet in the food. Fresh Aronia berries have a sourish- tart taste and therefore harmonise both sweet and savoury preparations.

HOW OLD CAN AN ARONIA BUSH BECOME?

Aronia plants can live between 35 and 50 years. A respectable age for a fertile plant! In Siberia there are plants which are said to have reached 60 years of age.
A vigorous plant, such as the Aronia Nero Superberry variety, can regularly bear berries for 25 to 30 years.

ORDERING ARONIA


DO I NEED A CUSTOMER ACCOUNT FOR THE ORDER?

Answer: You can also shop in the J&J Aronia Shop as a so-called "guest orderer". This means that only the necessary billing and delivery address in connection with your order is saved. However, if you shop at J&J Aronia frequently, you will have to re-enter this data again and again.
When you create a customer account (free of charge and without obligations), our online shop "remembers" your data. Creating a customer account is very easy. If you check the option "Save my information for a faster checkout" during checkout and set a password, a customer account will be created for you. Your advantage: You can order faster with your next purchase and always have your orders and shipping status in the overview.

HOW CAN I PAY AT THE J&J ARONIA SHOP?

Answer: You can conveniently purchase Aronia ORIGINAL products in our online shop. You can choose between different payment methods. We currently offer the following payment methods: Credit card payment and Paypal (credit cards + account deposits).

WHAT ARE THE SHIPPING COSTS?

Answer: For shipments within Canada, the average shipping cost is $9.90 - from $100 we deliver free of charge! The exact shipping costs will be displayed during the order process.

HOW DO I REDEEM COUPONS OR DISCOUNT CODES?

Answer: The procedure is kept as simple as possible. Follow the steps below: You shop at the J&J Aronia Shop as before. Then enter the discount code or voucher code at "Discount code" in the payment process and click "apply". The discount will automatically be credited to your order.

The voucher code does not work in the online shop!
Note: You have to enter the coupon code, which you received by mail or e-mail, without "quotation marks". Please also make sure that you click the "apply" button, this is necessary for activation. Please also check the duration of the voucher. Once the validity period has expired, the voucher cannot be redeemed. In case of doubt, please contact our customer service and send us an e-mail to "contact@aroniaberry.ca".

I HAVE NOT RECEIVED AN ORDER CONFIRMATION!

If you order in our online shop, you will receive a notification to your e-mail address, which you have entered in the shop, after the successful completion of your order. If you do not receive a message, this may have various reasons:

  • Did you enter your e-mail address correctly? Sometimes typos creep in, e.g. "@gmial.com" instead of "@gmail.com". If you find that you have entered an incorrect address, please contact us and we will correct the address and resend you the confirmation.
  • Have you looked in your spam folder? It can happen that the order confirmation may end up in the "unknown folder" or "spam folder" for some (free) mailers. Please move the e-mail to your mailbox and mark it as "no spam" if necessary - so that future e-mails do not end up in the wrong folder again.

COMPLAINT: THE GOODS WERE DELIVERED DAMAGED!

If you have found a defect when unpacking your Aronia ORIGINAL products after purchase, please contact us online via the contact form or alternatively by e-mail to contact@aroniaberry.ca. Please let us know where and when you purchased the product. State your customer number if you ordered from the J&J Aronia Online Shop, as well as your contact details.

Please have the package of damaged or spoiled goods ready. We will ask you for the product name, weight, batch number and/or best before date of the affected product. With this information you support our quality assurance. If you wish to make a complaint about the quality of the product, please keep it until further notice, if possible. Send us a photo if the defect is obvious (e.g. glass breakage, burst juice pack, etc.). Our customer service team will contact you immediately. Together we will find a solution!

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