The fruit-bearing shrub known as Aronia melanocarpa (or chokeberry) is native to North America. This dark green bush has glossy leaves and is naturally resistant to many insect and disease pests.
The Aronia berry is a dark purple to black berry, about the size and shape of a blueberry. Aronia berries grow in clusters of up to about 20 berries each. They have outstanding nutritional and pharmacological properties which have been well documented. This includes high levels of anti-oxidants and a demonstrated ability to fight cancer, reduce inflammation, and aid in managing diabetes.
When ripe (in late August or September), the berries are wonderful in smoothies, juices, jams, jellies, compote, sauces, and fruit leather. The deep rich purple adds color and flavor to yogurt and wine. When dried or freeze-dried, the berries lose much of their acerbic taste, and are excellent in cereal and trail mix or toppers for salads.
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