Aronia Berry – The Black Chokeberry – The Superfruit

by admin on July 26, 2014

Aronia_berries-lucy-ruimt-op2What is the aronia berry?

The aronia berry, also called the black chokeberry(Aronia melancarpa/Aronia melanocarpa), is one well-kept secret. Due in part to its powerful antioxidant properties, this fruit has a lot to offer. Aronia berries range in pigment from red to a darker purple and even black. Although the plant that the berry grows on is native to the Americas, most people are not familiar with it. Aronia berries are more frequently eaten in Eastern Europe. This is because the peoples of the area have traditionally used the fruit, recognizing how much it can help with heart conditions. Even Native Americans have traditionally used the fruit, but in their case, for the purpose of dying clothing or eating and drinking.

Health Benefits of Aronia Berry

So what are some benefits of consuming this fruit? This berry provides the following nutrients when consumed: anthocyanins, polyphenols, quinic acid, vitamins (C for example), minerals, and flavonols.

Some nutritional benefits are:

  • Polyphenols
  • Anthocyanins
  • Quinic Acid
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Flavonols

The quinic acid concentration of aronia berries is actually ten times that of cranberries. Although cranberries are most often used to prevent urinary tract infections, aronia berries are more successful at it due to this aforementioned high quinic acid content. In 2006, a study was conducted by the University of Maryland that found choke berries’ antioxidant properties may help to prevent the damage that results from colon cancer. The following is a list of problems that the aronia berry has been used to both treat and prevent:

Diabetes: Aronia berry juice can lead to lower blood glucose concentrations after consumption.
Inflammation: Because aronia berry is such a powerful antioxidant, it can relieve inflammation that results from oxidative stress.
Cardiovascular Ailments: By neutralizing free radicals, cardiovascular disease is less of a risk.
Circulatory Problems: The anthocyanins in aronia berries strengthen blood vessels while promoting healthy blood flow.
UTI: Aronia berry’s high quinic acid content prevents UTIs in people who eat the berry regularly.
Influenza (Flu): Aronia berry has been established as having antiviral properties.
Certain Types of Cancer: Fruits with antioxidant properties are able to slow the growth of cancer and sometimes even destroy the malignant tumors.

Aronia Berries by Lakeladyjeanne

The fruit was commonly used by the Native Americans for the color as well as for fresh consumption. It is used in jelly making, candies, pie and cookie fillings, yogurt, sorbet and flavored milk.

The berry’s juice is extremely tart, so the natural juice is best sweetened. When sweetened it is a cross between a blueberry and a blackberry. The actual juice has a very dark purple color.

The author of The Aronia Berry Blog, mentioned that he found this statement about the berry’s bush:

“This shrub is so beautiful, easy to grow and so productive that it will become a staple in American backyards, as it has in Eastern Europe. In Europe and recently in the U.S. it is being widely used in delicious juices, soft drinks, jams and wine. It’s not an “aronia’s conclusion” that this, and the seabuckthorn, are the most productive fruiting bushes in captivity. The fruit is tart eaten fresh even when fully ripe. It is very high in Vitamin C. It is native to the U.S., but the best varieties were bred in Europe.”

The high Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC) Value of the fruit is a result of the high amount of anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins within it. These are the chemicals that cause the fruit to be such a dark color. They are also the chemicals responsible for aronia berry’s antioxidant properties. When you see a darker colored fruit, you can bet it is likely rich in antioxidants.

ORAC Chart

How to Eat the Fruit

The best ways to reap aronia berry benefits are to use it for jelly making, candies, yogurt, pie fillings, sorbets, and flavored milk. It’s easy to aronia berries to many different meals; all you have to do is experiment a bit. You can find where to buy aronia berries online thanks to websites like Amazon.com, where they have deals on aronia berry concentrate to add to your favorite beverages. Many of these concentrates feature natural, organic sweeteners to tone down the astringent taste and make the juice of the berry much easier to get down.

Where to Buy Aronia Berries

Learn more about the Berry and its benefits, uses and availability:

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Denise Scarlett January 13, 2010 at 10:46 am

Aronia is a great antiviral. I drink the juice daily.

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2 lynda August 16, 2011 at 7:15 am

hi there! where do you buy your juice from? where do you buy the fresh berries? please. thank you

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3 NeEtta August 29, 2011 at 4:04 pm

We sell a 16 oz. bottle of 100 % pure aronia concentrate for @$29.95. This is a 32 day supply. Visit our website http://www.superberries.com. We are also in health food stores across the country.

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4 david everett February 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Aronia ssp are not related to blueberry tribe. The latter require acid soils. Aronia is in the rose family, and tollerates any soil types.

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5 Lorenda Stefan April 5, 2010 at 11:41 am

Hi Team:

Here is some info on Aronia berry.

Lorenda

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6 gregg classen May 9, 2010 at 3:58 pm

I currently have 1,300 lbs. of aronia berries in cold storage and for sale. Asking $4.00/lb plus shipping. Bulk orders of 50lbs. or more receive a 20% price discount.
e-mail at: gclassen77@gmail.com for details

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7 Alice September 12, 2010 at 9:43 pm

What kind of sugar does the Aronia Berries have in them?

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8 Martha Noller April 11, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Where can I purchase the plant, I would like to grow it n my backyard!
Also, where can I buy the juice, or the aroniaberry?

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9 admin April 11, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Hi Martha,

I prefer http://www.blazerfarmz.com/ – you can buy fresh aronia berries through them.

I have not tried buying the plant, but I hear that there are many sources where they can buy the Autumn Magic variety listed on the web.

Thanks,
Jenny

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10 toby@blazerfarmz April 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Martha,
We do have frozen aronia berries for sale, please visit our site to view our products. We also have 100% aronia juice in 16 oz bottles derived through the cold press method, which does not destroy the beneficial qualities of the berries. We are currently waiting on our label to arrive from the printers before we can begin shipping it, but check the site soon for availability on the juice.

Thanks for your interest,
Toby
http://www.blazerfarmz.com

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11 NeEtta Gillespie August 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm

We sell a 16 oz. bottle of 100 % pure aronia concentrate for @$29.95. This is a 32 day supply. Visit our website http://www.superberries.com. We are also in health food stores across the country.

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12 Judy Bones April 15, 2011 at 11:27 am

What is the difference between aronia berries and choke cherries?

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13 admin April 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I believe they are the same thing. It’s usually choke berries though – not cherries.

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14 Blazerfarmz April 15, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Choke cherries are very similar to choke berries (Aronia) but they have a pit in them like a cherry, hence the name. They are usually very astringent (drying) to the taste, but are also high in anthocyanins like Aronia.

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15 admin April 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Thanks for responding Toby – now I know I was wrong.

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16 LeAnn Magee April 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Looking for information about a bush called “gumar” or “jelly berry”. I’ve been making excellent jelly with it but cannot find a scientific name or any other info. Please forward if this sounds familiar. Thanks!!! LeAnn

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17 admin April 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm

LeAnn,

Could it be “gurmar extract”? If so, here’s the herb it comes from – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gymnema_sylvestre

Thanks,
Jenny

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18 NeEtta June 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm

We have products made from Aroniaberries. See http://www.superberries.com.

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19 NeEtta June 21, 2011 at 11:04 am

We also have fresh frozen aroniaberries and we ship them (in a special cooler) anywhere in the US.

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20 anna livingston July 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I grow Aronia berries in North Wales our berries are organically grown and hand picked…any one intrested please phone for more information telephone 01286 830375.

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21 admin July 30, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Anna, want to do an interview and be featured on my website? It would be additional exposure. Thanks, Jenny

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22 martin August 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm

hi
i live near by Chicago, i would like to buy fresh aronia but not frozen
anybody knows where?
thanks

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23 NeEtta August 29, 2011 at 4:14 pm

If you are unable to buy fresh aronia berries, we have frozen aronia berries available at the Fruitful Yield Health Food stores and other locations in Illinois. http://www.superberries.com/find-location

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24 Annette D. September 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I planted these bushes in my yard several years ago. I had no idea the value they until when I researched them. I decided to make some jelly, and it’s delicious! I made 20 pints and there’s plenty more berries out there.

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25 Micki Peluso August 19, 2013 at 3:24 pm

It’s important to let consumers know that cranberry and by your description, Arconia berry will thin the blood and must be used with care when taking blood thinners. I had to learn that the hard way when I didn’t realize my cranberry juice–also a blood thinner had the friuit added to it. If I hadn’t figured it out, I coud have bled out.

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