Choke Berry

by admin on September 21, 2014

The choke berry is also known as aronia berries.

The choke berry is also known as aronia berries.

The choke berry is also known as aronia berries. There are black chokeberries (Aronia melanocarpa) and red chokeberries.

The aronia berry plant, the black chokeberry variety grows in height to 3-6 feet and in width 3-6 feet as well. This plant is grown from Nova Scotia, Canada to Florida, USA and Indiana USA. In mid-spring the flowers come and they are small and white. In late summer and early autum, the berries appear which are small and round dark purple to black (for the black chokeberry variety). The leaves on the shrub will turn purple and red in the fall. It is a very hardy shrub, tolerating swampy ground, dry sandy soil, drought, salt and pollution.

More Information on the Aronia Berry Plant Description

Uses:

Aronia berries have many uses, some of which are listed below.

  • Ornamental plants for gardens
  • Aronia Juice – high in vitamin C and antioxidants
  • Black Chokeberries – used for wine and jam after being cooked first
  • Flavoring or Colorant for certain beverages and yogurt
  • Red chokeberries are often eaten raw
  • Red Chokeberries used in jam

Benefits:

aronia choke berryBecause of their dark color, black chokeberries are very high in antioxidants, especially anthocyanins.

  • Aronia melanocarpa (black chokeberry) – Total anthocyanin content in chokeberries is 1480 mg per 100 g of fresh berries
  • Aronia Juice – high in vitamin C and antioxidants
  • High ORAC Value
  • Functional food
  • Nutraceutical

Because of the choke berry’s high antioxidant content, it has been suggested that it is a dietary preventative for diseases caused by oxidative stress. Such diseases include:

  • colorectal cancer (Lala et al. 2006)
  • cardiovascular disease (Bell & Gochenaur 2006)
  • chronic inflammation (Han et al. 2005)
  • gastric mucosal disorders (peptic ulcer) (Valcheva-Kuzmanova et al. 2005)
  • eye inflammation (uveitis) (Ohgami et al. 2005)
  • liver failure (Valcheva-Kuzmanova et al. 2004)

Availability:

In North America, the choke berry is becoming more popular due to the recent discoveries in helping prevent certain diseases; therefore it is becoming easier to find in nurseries in North America. There are three varieties of the plant, the black chokeberry, the red variety and a purple variety, which is a hybrid of the black and red varieties. Each plant is identified by its berry color.

Where to Buy Aronia Berries

Aronia Berries on Antioxidant-fruits.com

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1 Alexandra Gibson August 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm

i had an ulcer last year because i am fond of skipping meals and working too hard. it was quite painful`.-

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