What is Aronia?
Aronia is a Genus of plants (Shrubs and
small trees) native to Northern America but now spread
throughout the temperate zones of the world. Aronia is best
known for one of the three following reasons:
A fruit called “Black Chokeberry” grows upon Aronia
Melanocarpa, which is one of the best known sources
on the planet for concentrated antioxidants,
including the very beneficial Anthocyanin. (Some
estimates show it with over 20 TIMES more
anthocyanin content (gram for gram in powdered
form) than the next closest fruit, the Acai berry!)
The same fruit is well known in the Ink and Dye
industries for hundreds of years since it is the
source of one of the world's darkest natural dyes.
All three families of Aronia: Aronia
, and Aronia
, make excellent landscaping
plants with colorful berries and flowers. (Most
notably aronia arbutifolia, with it's very bright
red berries that happen to taste great, right off
Where can I buy some aronia?
If you would like to purchase some aronia
berries and you live in the United States, your best bet would
be to attend a Farmers market in the late fall or early winter
months. Since aronia melanocarpa is too bitter to eat without
being sweetened first it is unlikely to ever find the berries
in your local supermarket.
There are also many juices sold online and
through direct marketing companies that include aronia juice in
them, such as Orenda's Oki juice.
However, if you'd like to buy some aronia
plants or seeds to grow your own aronia, you would likely be
able to purchase them at any respectable outdoor botanical
nursery, as aronia plants are very commonly used as outdoor
If you live near Russia or Eastern Europe,
it is also equally as popular, perhaps even more so in juice