Aronia (aronia melanocarpa) came to Europe from the east coast of North America. Initially, it was grown solely for aesthetic and decorative purposes. Aronia bushes grow vigorously (up to 3 m) in October. Its dark green leaves become a magical red in autumn, a breathtaking sight. Even more beautiful are the delicate white flowers whose magnificence is revealed in May, when the aronia bush blooms. Aronia berries are dark purple, sweet, sour and slightly bitter. The berries ripen in early September and remain on the bush until November, without the fear of a single berry falling.
The research shows aronia is rich in antioxidants which prevents cells from the oxidation of free radicals. In 100 g of Chokeberries, about 1480 mg of anthocyanin is found and 1752 mg of polyphenol. Anthocyanin provides dark purple color to the berry.
Ripe aronia berries contain large amounts of biofenola, tannins, flavonoids and anthocyanin.
According to research about the strength of antioxidants (ORAC), aronia has one of the highest ever recorded value – 16,062 µmol / 100 g. In comparison, blueberries have 6,552 µmol, plums 6,259 µmol, figs 3,383 µmol, grapes 1,260 µmol, lemons 1,225 µmol, and oranges 984 µmol.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Aronia belongs to the rose family
- 100 grams of dried aronia has 1200 mg of Vitamin P
- After the Chernobyl accident, the side effects caused by radiation were alleviated by aronia berries
- Aronia is resistant to temperatures as low as -47°C