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Aronia Berries

What are Aronia Berries?

Aronia berries are an emerging “Superberry” that are incredibly nutritious.  High in powerful antioxidants, including carotenoids, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, and off-the-charts in polyphenol content.  In fact, aronia berries are the seventh highest source of polyphenols of all foods.

Did you know? Polyphenols are micronutrients that we get through certain plant-based foods. Polyphenols are powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant rich micronutrients that have been linked to a wide range of potential health benefits, including heart health, cancer inhibitor, digestion issues, diabetes management, brain health and more.

With so many nutritional benefits, it’s no wonder these berries are being rediscovered as a more nutritious and sustainable alternative to berries such as goji or acai.

Where do they grow?

These tart purple berries are native to North America and were once a staple medicinal food for Native Americans.  Sometimes called black chokeberries for their astringent taste, these berries are an indigenous food that has grown wild in North American wetlands and woodlands for many years.

Aronia Growers, LLC is made up of family farms in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and North Dakota.  Aronia Growers, LLC grow and harvest their cultivated berries emphasizing integrity, stewardship, and traceability from field to finished product.

Although not as widely known in the U.S., aronia berries and aronia juice are extremely popular in Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union where they began cultivating them the mid-twentieth century.

How are they grown?

The aronia berries that Aronia Growers, LLC sell come from cultivated bushes that are harvested annually. It takes an aronia bush around 4 years from the time it’s planted to mature and bear fruit for a full harvest. Just like many agricultural plants/crops, the type of soil, fertilizers, and other inputs can make a significant difference in yield levels.