Aronia berry is super fruit that is most like the fruit of blueberries. Although originated in North America, it is known as Siberian blueberries because it is very resistant to low temperatures, this fruit can withstand temperatures of up to -45 Celsius degrees.
North American natives have used as food. They dried fruits and use with combination of meat, fresh fruit is used as a remedy for stomach discomfort (stomach and intestinal discomfort), while leaves and bark are used as tea that prevent bleeding from the wound.
It is a plant that grows in the form of bush, and if there is enough space, it can reach a height of about 2 meters. This plant doesn’t require special conditions to grow and can be planted on little fertile soil, also its cultivation doesn’t require special care except the required level of moisture. It is resistant to diseases, and therefore it’s not need using any pesticide for protection.
Types of Aronia Berries
We distinguish three types:
- Black chokeberries (aronia melanocarpa)
- Purple chokeberries (aronia prunifolia)
- Red chokeberries (aronia arbutifolia)
Aronia Berry benefits
The fruits of aronia (especially black chokeberries) are extremely rich in vitamins A, C, E, B2, B6, B9 and very rare vitamin P. From minerals are rich in calcium, potassium, iron, molybdenum, manganese, phosphorus and iodine, and contains a rare fruit sugar sorbitol.
Aronia in all types of fruits contains large amount of antioxidants (tannins, biofenoli, falvonoids, catechins) and is considered as greater antioxidant than cranberries, especially with antioxidant anthocyanins, which strengthens the immune system, reduces the risk of cancer and slow down aging.
It is useful in the prevention of cancer, as well as purification of the body from harmful substances and heavy metals, and due to the high content of antioxidants and vitamins C and E, it has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.