Experience with Aronia Berries? Is it a 'superberry'??

daburkartMay 13, 2010

Hello,

New to the forums, but I'm incredibly interested in the aronia berry at present. I've only read good things - highest antioxidant levels, beautiful dark pigmentation and easy to cultivate.

It is naturally astringent, but even mixing it with something as simple as apple juice cures that issue. I've been blogging about my research into the berry and the only drink/product I've found is called "ARo" - I won't drop a link because I'm new and not a spammer!!

Can someone w/ experience squash my high hopes for this berry?

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mudflapper

I ran all my berries through a juicer last year,not sure if it was the seeds that gave it such a ghastly flavor or not, but the fresh juice about gagged me. I mixed it with apple juice at a 1to 5 ratio and it still had a nasty flavor, this year I'm just gonna mash em up and squeeze through cheese cloth to see it it makes a difference.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 11:54PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Must have been the seed that gave it a bad taste. I've only eaten them after frost or two right off the tree and they are extremely tart, but the good flavor came through. I know most pink lemonade concentrates list it as an ingredient.

tj

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 6:51PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

BTW, Mine is an Aronia melanocarpa.

tj

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 6:52PM
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hemnancy(z8 PNW)

Aronia has been my mainstay freezer fruit for 5 years or more, lasting through the entire winter from my 2 Viking bushes. Until this year I was cooking it and making gelatin with it, but my son convinced me to overcome my slight dislike of the raw berry- actually frozen, so I've learned to eat them in a mixed fruit salad with yogurt or with stevia-sweetened whipping cream, and actually like the taste now, so no more cooking.:-) Yes, I do think they are incredibly healthy, not only that, they are the easiest berry to harvest that I grow, the berries hang in clusters, each cluster from a single stem, all ripen at the same time, so I can go out and strip them into a bag then sit around indoors and pick them off the stems directly into a freezer bag. So much easier than blueberries, raspberries, currants, etc. And super yields.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2010 at 7:12AM
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daburkart_gmail_com

(I've learned to eat them in a mixed fruit salad with yogurt or with stevia-sweetened whipping cream, and actually like the taste now(

Here is a link that might be useful: ARo

    Bookmark   June 8, 2010 at 12:53PM
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scot(z5)

I have Aronia Melanocarpa (Viking). As for health benefits etc. I will leave that up to whoever (blueberries, autumn olive, raw cocao and a dozen others are always touted) as I think most berries are a good choice.
They are very easy to grow, and sucker freely. The fruit is quite astringent from the tannins in the skin, my neighbor girl and I like them fresh, my wife and kids and everyone else we have tried them on are less than impressed. The best juice Ive made has been by using a steam juicer, the "cooked fruit" taste is more to my liking than when I freeze and press the berries. Jelly and Wine are both winners here as well. I have 2 bushes that are only about 5' tall and in diameter, they produce many many pounds of fruit. I also have 5 more bushes further away from the house, and the deer have decimated them. The birds dont seem too interested in the berries left on the bush until late winter when they are running out of other things, then they pick the bushes clean.

my advise it to definitly buy a couple plants, and experiment with the fruit. try some before a frost, try some after a hard frost, i am sure you will not be disappointed in the long run

    Bookmark   July 18, 2010 at 6:01PM
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denninmi(8a)

I've found that the astringency level of my Viking aronia berries is mostly a function of the weather. Hot or dry years yield highly astringent berries that are pretty much inedible. Cool and moist weather yields berries with only a low to moderate astringency that make nice juice, jelly, etc.

I haven't ever given mine supplemental water, but I suspect that a lot of water and fertilizer would help it to make big, plump, low astringency berries.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2010 at 11:18AM
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lucia_ca(z9 CA)

Hi everyone,

I've had this berry on my wish list for a while....who can recommend a good supplier?

thanks,
lucia

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 12:22PM
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peachymomo(Ca 8)

Plants that I can't find locally I usually order from 'One Green World' I've bought Aronia from them before and it did well for the year I continued to live in that house... I haven't seen it since I moved away.

On their website Aronia is listed under 'fruiting trees and shrubs' not 'berries.'

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 10:51AM
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chezmonmi(5)

Thank you peachymomo for the suggestion of One Green World!
They sell Dwarf, Nero, and Viking.
Which one to get??!!
Everyone here seems to have planted Viking, but most seem to agree the berry is not all that tasty. Anyone have experience with any other variety?
This berry has become a big deal in the health food market I think, and although I have little or no interest in distribuing, I do have an interest in reclaiming my own health after having cancer twice and now dealing with severe arthritis, and I'm "only" 53!
Ok.. too much information, but I hope more people get on this forum to chime in on aronia!
Thank you so much to all!
Elle

    Bookmark   August 9, 2010 at 8:02AM
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natalipi

I found Aronia berry juice in Toronto area....
web site is www.aroniag.com

so happy

    Bookmark   May 15, 2013 at 2:49PM
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thomasmann(8)

The Aronia berries which Tesco are now selling are grown in Scotland. They are absolutely disgusting, with an even worse flavour that cranberries. Even the birds, squirrels and foxes round here won't touch them. They must be indescribably good for you, since they taste so bad! My wife's sister, who actually bought them thought that she was buying blackcurrants and was very disappointed! The best description I can find for the flavour is 'exceedingly wersh'.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2013 at 11:21AM
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