Aronia belongs to the new superfoods. It has the highest anti oxidant count among all other fruits.
Aronia berries have the highest concentration of antioxidants present in any fruit. Why is this so important? Antioxidants protect the body’s cells from the damaging effects of oxidation. And because aronia is rich in antioxidants, it has a very high ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity – a measure of an antioxidant’s power to neutralize free radicals) – almost 80 units, the highest amongst fruits.
The taste is somewhere between black currant and blue berry. The berries are great for making jelly and jam. The pectin in the fruit is very high. There is no need to add a lot of extra pectin to make a firm jam. Aronia berries mix well with other fruits, like black berry, black currant or blue berry to make a mixed fruit jam.
Picking season for Aronia is late summer-early fall. The riper the berries, the sweeter the fruit. Aronia are very easy to pick, since they grow in clusters, in which all the berries are ripe at the same time.
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