Aronia Berry - The New Superfood?
The berries contain several times more antioxidants than cranberries or
blueberries and they might well become a new superfood for this reason
in the future.
You have to process the berries before consumption
because of their quite tart and astringent nature. They can be made into
tasty jams, jellies, syrups or wines. The berries can also be dried and
used for teas mixed with other herbs and berries.
Chokeberries Are Attractive Garden Shrubs
Even if you have no interest in the fruit it might be a good ornamental plant for your garden offering a lot of interest during the seasons.
Their pretty white flowers appear in clusters during the month of May. The blackish or red berries (depending on the variety, see below) are very attractive looking during late summer. In the fall their leaves turn a beautiful orange-red color.
There are two main varieties to choose from:
Red Chokeberry (A. arbutilfolia):
- upright, multi-stemmed sometimes suckering bush
- size: height 6-8 ft, width 3-5 ft
- small red berries last until the winter
- native of SE United States
Flickr photo by Andrey Zarkikh
Black Chokeberry (A. melanocarpa):
- dense, upright and often suckering bush
- size: height and width 4-8 ft
- blackish, shiny berries
- native of northern the United States
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