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!


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  2. Laura Ruth Blair says:

    Michele I saw a rerun of the Aronia Berries but missed the address to order and the kind to ask for.
    Please send me the information My husband has turned Vegan
    After many years of being over weight. at 15 yrs old weight 265 lb. In 1997 he had a heart attach and lost part of his heart sizes of a quarter took him 9 months to recover with lots of therapy he was taking a hand-full of pills.. he ask the heart Dr. how could he stop taking them he was told he had to take them the rest of his life. he kept pestering the Dr finally the Dr told him NO RED MEAT (He knew Tom was an avid hunter Deer – all kind of Game and Fish ate lot FRIED LOTS OF GREASE) ONLY BACKED – BROILED – STEAMED! after a year he changed his life style = lost 110 lbs. NO MEDS he did well till we had to moved to tiny place no room for tread mill. had the 2nd heart attache 2009 no damage the 2nd stint was put in his family Dr taunting him after Tom kept as bugging her so she told him Dr Arnish in Ca wrote Several Bks advocating Changing to VEGAN that heart problems could be reversed in 3 to 5 yrs in one yr his reversed. When he wanted to renew his CDL DRIVERS LICENCE HIS DR INSISTED ON DOING A HEART CATH ON HIM WHEN HE CAME OUT HE APOLOGIZING TO HIM FOR PUTTING HIM THROUGH IT BECAUSE TOM’S HEART WAS BETTER THAN WHEN THE STINE WAS PUT IN. SO HE EATS NO FATS 2-GRAMS SUGAR OR LESS SUGAR FREE BREAD -BOCA BURGERS-MORNING STAR VEGAN CHICKEN FLAVORED PATTIES- ZERO EVERYTHING WALDEN-FARMS DRESSING AND PEANUT BUTTER LOTS OF RAW – STEAM VEGGIES AND PLAIN FRUIT NO DAIRY-NO ANIMAL BY PRODUCTS. NO MORE HEART DR VISITS He was diagnosed with bladder cancer two years ago he was working the Emmuas Walk had Prayer and began taking Asparagus (canned Giant ) pulsed in his Vita-mix 2T morning and night he is healed and no sign in one and half now Praise GOD!!! TY LR EDWE #73 4-7-14

  3. Cynthia says:

    Loved the show on Aronia Berries, VERY interested in this berry. So, I plugged it into BING, and found lots of great info. BUT… I noticed the reference to “choke” berry… which caused me to dig further. About 30 years ago I used to pick “choke cherries” with my dad but the shrub we picked them off of was huge. I had no idea and I am sure neither of my parents knew of the value of this berry. The shrub was growing wild on the edge of out property and it made the most amazing jam.
    I am going back to the old homestead to see if it is still there…

  4. Michele says:

    Thanks Jeanie! I’ve enjoyed every moment of it……I’m sure a few more pics will naturally surface! :) lol.. Keep watching….I too am learning a lot with all the guests we meet.

  5. Jeanie Stebbins says:

    You have to show more pictures on the blogs of you pregnant….you look so cute and you have that pregant glow. Love your show and can’t wait for the new season:) God bless!

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