Aronia: The New Superfood?

by in Food News, July 16, 2013

aronia berries
A buzz is brewing over this tiny berry. Have you heard about Aronia yet?

What is Aronia?
Unlike the majority of popular super fruits (think acai and pomegranate), this berry is native to North America. States like Iowa and Ohio have been growing quite a bit of it in recent years. Aronia melanocarpa (its proper botanical name) is also grown around the globe in countries like Denmark and Russia. Sometimes referred to as “chokeberry,” these deep black-ish purple berries look similar to blueberries but have a much more sharp and sour flavor.

Aronia Products
Aronia juice seems to be the most popular form out there; it’s often blended with sweeter flavors like apple and grape juices. Juice isn’t the only way to get some of this berry. Capsules, teas, syrups and even food colorings are some of the newer products beginning to hit the market. But why the hype?

Health Benefits
Brimming with anthocyanins, these little berries are getting attention in part because of their outstanding antioxidant content. While more research is needed, there’s some evidence that ties aronia to lower cholesterol, cancer suppression and better management of diabetes.

Bottom Line: No need to go completely wild over this berry. As it becomes more widely available, aronia can be another high antioxidant item to add to your fruit repertoire.

Tell Us: Have you tried Aronia?

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  3. Mark says:

    Love Aronia's. Favorite breakfast is three or four kinds of fruit (mixed colors) including aronia, yogurt, crushed flax, chia, english walnuts, and unsalted almonds. Maybe add a little Kashi. Aronia adds just a little tart to the sweet.

  4. Archie says:

    I have been incorporating aronia berry juice in my diet for about 12 months and love it too, it is very easy to use. I personally like the cold press juice I discovered. I think aronia is worth adding it to your morning routine. My friends and I think this fruit should take get more attention as people start to find it. You might talk to people who are regular users. I would give it five stars as a better berry to try.

  5. John says:

    Great article, but I must disagree with the last statement–there IS a need to go completely wild over this berry–because it's not just another high-antioxidant item to add to our repertoire; it's among the HIGHEST antioxidant plants available to ANY repertoire! Aroniaberry is even higher in antioxidants than blueberry. It's also native to the United States, which means that it's not just a superfruit, but a local superfruit. This crop used to be abundant in North America until settlers decided it wasn't sweet enough, and we need it to come back home! The United States is home to one of the highest antioxidant plants in the world–definitely reason to go wild over this berry! We hope our farmers and berry-eaters feel the same way.

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  8. David says:

    Have had the dried berry, really good flavor, much like a tangy raisin, with good sweetness, but not overpowering. Very enjoyable.

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