Practical Uses of Aronia Berries
Despite their not so appetizing alias, the aronia berry, or choke berry, is actually a superfruit that is both easily accessible and practical for human consumption. Aronia berries grow naturally in the United States but are becoming a profitable industry as well because of their health benefits. Insects, animals, and disease are inclined to leave the fruit along, making them easy to grow, care for, and profit from. The black chokeberry has the highest concentration of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, but red chokeberries are just as tasty. Despite their namesake and initial bitter, dry flavor, choke berries can be consumed in a variety of ways. In Eastern Europe, the berries are popular for wine and tea, often combining the aronia with apple to temper its bitterness. Drying the berries and combining with white tea leaves or other dried fruit produces a unique breakfast tea. The juice of the aronia berry is not just good for drinks, but also for syrup. Berries and chocolate are a classic dessert, and combining the two in a muffin is even better. These aronia white chocolate muffins sound delicious. Here’s to flavorful snacks and good health!