The extremely hardy Aronia shrub reaches about 2-5 meters in height and withstands pollution, salt and swampy conditions and is resistant to many diseases. The leaves of the deciduous shrub turn a bold red color in the autumn.
It produces small white-pink flowers and very bitter, pea sized purple/black fruit clusters that are often used in jam and wine making.
Common Name: Aronia
Botanical Name: Aronia arbutifolia, Aronia melanocarpa
Other names: Chokeberry
Growing Area: Native to North America and Europe; often found growing in swamps or damp woods
Nutrients & Applications:
The ORAC value of Aronia is one of the highest ever recorded. Its extremely rich antioxidant content may be beneficial for reducing oxidative stress to promote optimal health.
Aronia may support the maintenance of healthy blood sugar and blood pressure levels and aid with proper digestion. It is also said to enhance the immune and circulatory systems and is used as a treatment for infections and to support healthy retinal function as well as urinary tract health.