What is Aronia?

You may be asking yourself what exactly Aronia is. You’re not alone. More commonly known as Black Chokeberry, Aronia is a deciduous shrub native to North America and is often confused with Chokecherry. The violet-black berries range in size but averages a gram in weight. Harvested from the middle of August to the middle of September depending on your area. The berries have a strong, dry, tannic flavor know as astringency.

Berries can be eaten fresh, frozen, or dried. Juice extract can be drank fresh or used in baked goods, jellies and added to yogurt, sorbet, or other juices. Other uses include tea, syrup, salsa, spreads and as a natural food coloring additive. Wine makers find Aronia wine to be full to medium bodied, with mild earthy flavors, deep red color. As a wine it can also be made in various styles and can be blended with other wines.

Aronia is an eco-friendly plant that will only produce berries if it is grown in an area of the country where the dormancy aspect of the plant can be fulfilled. It adapts well to extreme cold growing climates and can be cultivated in a variety of settings, including habitat preservation, shelter belts and landscaping around the home.

Aronia is a great commercial fruit crop, and is very compatible with organic farming and is resistant to most pests and diseases. It handles the common herbicides better than grapes.

Why do we grow Aronia?

We grow Aronia because we love it, and we think you will too. Collectively, we’ve spent years searching for the best, freshest, healthiest foods we can find. And now we’ve found it in the form of this potent little berry. Aronia is easy to grow and offers more health benefits than any other fruit grown in the United States. If you care about your health, and if you’re reading this you probably do, we are sure that you’ll love Aronia as much as we do. All of us at Aronia Unlimited take Aronia in one form or another every day.