How many of you are familiar with this SUPERfruit……
The Aronia Berry (Aronia Melanocarpa – Black Chokeberry)
I was fortunate enough to be able to visit with a couple of very generous, knowledgeable growers and look forward to sharing what we discovered with all of you in the new season of shows this Fall. This little black beauty is becoming more and more popular for growers and consumers all across the country. They have a very high antioxidant power that may help reduce the risk for cancer, heart disease, inflammation and diabetes. Studies show that Aronia Berries contain higher levels of antioxidants, polyphenols, and anthocyanins than elderberries, cranberries, blueberries, grapes, and most other fruit. They grow on a deciduous shrub native to the Midwest, are easy to grow and require little maintenance.
They’re not exactly an ‘eat right off the bush’ type of berry….a bit tart/astringent like cranberries….but as you’ll see in this upcoming episode, there are a LOT of delicious uses for these healthy little gems. We’ll be sharing wonderful recipes and how to grow in your own backyard along with the inspiring stories of some of these growers.
I personally came home with an even greater enthusiasm for this native berry, along with some fresh and frozen berries to experiment with in the kitchen….AND a few plants to start growing in my own yard. WhooHoo!
Thank you to our friends at Black Squirrel Vineyard (Charlie and Jolene Caldwell) and Sawmill Hollow Family Farms (Vaughn, Cindy and Andrew Pittz)….Keep doing what you’re doing and sharing it with others…..Good stuff.
Am just loving the incredibly interesting people we’ve been meeting lately.
What other natives could be turned into a viable CROP? Dandelions? Wild Bergamot? Elderberries? Cattails?……Pretty exciting to think about, eh?!
Cheers to Aronia Berries and their passionate growers!