If you are looking for a new superfruit that is packed with nutritional value and an array of health benefits then you need to add the Aronia berry into your diet! Unsure what the Aronia berry is or what to do with Aronia berries? Then read on as we explain 3 easy ways how to use Aronia berries to make delicious, antioxidant-rich food.
What are Aronia Berries?
Aronia berries, commonly referred to as chokeberries, are small, dark fruits native to North America. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, these berries offer numerous health benefits, making them a sought-after superfood among health enthusiasts. Their deep purple hue hints at the potent anthocyanins within, which are linked to improved cardiovascular health and reduced inflammation. Not only are Aronia berries nutritionally dense, but they also present a tart yet delectable flavor profile, perfect for juices, jams, and baked goods.
Where do Aronia Berries come from?
Aronia berries, originally native to North America, are nowadays virtually non-existent in that region and instead found more commonly in areas of Eastern Europe. Russian pioneer of fruit farming, Iwan W. Mitshurin discovered this Superberry and brought it back to his homeland with him in around 1900.
Over the years farming has spread from Russia to parts of Ukraine, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Austria. And since the 1970s the Aronia berry has found a home in Germany, which is where we source the majority of the berries in our delicious products. Grown organically across high-quality plantations and processed incredibly gently, we ensure all the natural benefits are preserved and passed on to you.
The Health Benefits of Aronia Berries
Aronia berries provide a variety of health benefits thanks to the incredibly high levels of antioxidants found in their plant pigments (anthocyanins) and the micronutrients (polyphenols) they contain.
Our bodies create free radicals as a natural byproduct of metabolism. A number of factors can cause the number of free radicals in the body to increase, such as stress, alcohol, infection and even radiation. Too many free radicals in the body can lead to what is known as oxidative stress, whereby the free radicals begin to attack or break down healthy cells leading to a greater risk of disease and illness.
Antioxidants are used by the body to fight the damage the excess number of free radicals create and restore a balance within the body. But that isn’t all Aronia berries provide for us! They are also a good source of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, B, C, E, K and valuable Potassium, Zinc, Iron and Manganese, all necessary for proper bodily function.
The Most Important Effects That Aronia Has On The Body
Impressively Aronia berries can help to protect against and fight the effects of a number of health problems. Ranging from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s to high blood pressure, digestive issues, problems with eyesight and infections. Here are some of the remarkable effects these little berries can have on the body:
- Strengthens the immune system
- Regulates blood pressure
- Stimulates circulation
- Protects arteries and relaxes coronary vessels
- Anticarcinogenic (may help prevent cancer)
- Antimutagen (may help prevent mutation)
How to use Aronia Berries?
Now you know the history and health benefits of the Aronia berry you are ready to start incorporating them into your diet. Let’s find out what to do with Aronia berries!
Aronia Berry Powder
Each can of our 100% natural Aronia berry powder is made from more than 1,600 Aronia berries – so it is no surprise it packs a nutritional punch! Of all our Aronia products, our powder contains the highest level of anthocyanins and OPC (colourless plant pigments). Which in turn provide a high number of antioxidants to help boost your immune system function. It is also rich in fibre to help with healthy digestion.
The powder itself is very versatile and once opened lasts for a long time in the cupboard. So you can easily add a tablespoon to your smoothies, yogurt, muesli or sprinkle it into your morning bowl of oats. The powder can also be added to healthy snack bars, muffins or cakes when baking.
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Aronia Berry Juice
If you are looking for a fast and convenient way to take in all of that Aronia berry goodness, then 100% Organic Aronia Juice is a simple way to add these Superberries into your daily routine. Our juice is never from concentrate and is instead collected from the first pressing of the berries after farming, avoiding overprocessing to keep the nutrients locked in.
The juice is a great option for families as it can be diluted with water to create a refreshing drink everyone can enjoy. If you prefer we recommend drinking 100ml pure Aronia berry juice daily after breakfast or lunch. The liquid can be digested incredibly quickly and its agents can be absorbed by the oral mucosa for fast intake of all the antioxidants it provides.
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Dried Aronia Berries
Fresh Aronia Berries can be hard to source from local shops and markets, however, dried organic Aronia berries make a fantastic alternative. Our dried Aronia berries still provide a whole host of health benefits thanks to the gentle drying method used to keep valuable polyphenols intact within the product.
They are rich in fibre, with no additives or added sugar, and are completely non-sulphurized. We recommend adding 1-2 tablespoons into your daily diet to reap the benefits. They can be used for refining both sweet and savoury sauces or used in place of other dried fruits such as raisins, sultanas or cranberries for a more nutritional meal. You can also use them in baking as a tasty ingredient in biscuits, muffins cakes or bread.
Want a more indulgent healthy snack for on the go? Try our dried Aronia Berries!
To Wrap Up
Aronia berries, also known as chokeberries, are small, dark fruits originally native to North America. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals and have a tart yet delectable flavor profile.
Russian pioneer of fruit farming, Iwan W. Mitshurin, discovered Aronia berries and introduced them to his homeland around 1900. Farming of these berries later spread to countries like Ukraine, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Austria, and Germany.
Aronia berries are packed with antioxidants which combat free radicals in the body, potentially reducing the risk of disease. They also offer a good source of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, B, C, E, K, Potassium, Zinc, Iron, and Manganese.
Aronia berries can be consumed in various forms including as a powder, which can be added to smoothies, yogurt, and baked goods; as a juice, which can be consumed directly or diluted with water; and as dried berries, which can be added to sauces or used as a substitute for other dried fruits in baking.
Aronia berries are considered a superfood due to their high antioxidant content, numerous health benefits such as anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, and their rich supply of essential vitamins and minerals. They are linked to improved cardiovascular health, reduced inflammation, and may help in fighting various health problems like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and high blood pressure.
We hope you enjoy the fun and excitement of adding Aronia berries into your diet. Not only do they make a delicious ingredient in a variety of recipes, but they also provide a host of health benefits thanks to their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-cancer properties.
Whether you opt for Aronia berry powder, juice, dried berries or one of our other delicious Aronia berry products, they are easy and versatile enough to add to your diet every day. Once you start to eat Aronia berries you are sure to wonder why you didn’t try them sooner!