Blooming Aronia

23 Jun

Here we are viewing an area where at least 10 different edible wild fruits are available.

Let us focus on Aronia berry today as it is now in full bloom, to notice the blooms click on the above photo, Aronia is the dominant plant in this area and some of the local folks do gather blueberries and cranberries but leave the rest of the various fruits including tons of Aronia for me and the birds and other critters to enjoy. Aronia is in the same family as apples and roses and is considered by many to be a very healthy fruit to eat indeed. There are some interesting stories on how it became a very useful food to folks in some areas of Poland during the war years and is still quite popular there today.  If you have an interest in medicinals plants Aronia may somewhat surprise you as it is native to North America, but became acknowledged for it healthyness to at least part of its potential once it was introduced to Europe. Aronia berries are being grown commerically in Iowa in the last few years, check Aronia out.

Here is a photo from a post I did in March which shows the berries which resemble blueberries when used in muffins. ciao

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3 Responses to “Blooming Aronia”

  1. mobius faith June 23, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    Looks delicious.

    • 1left June 23, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

      I recall taking Aronia berries to some upscale restaurants for the chefs to try back in the 1980s with none of them willing to give them a try on their dessert menus. Back then I was just bringing in raw berries and in this state they are dry and sour like raw cranberries and then some. Freezing and a sweetener improves the flavor of these berries. Most folks who have been over for breakfast at my place always mention liking the pancakes, muffins, syrup and jelly the call blueberry until I tell them the difference. I do like a few frozen berries in teas and the juice of the frozen berries mixed with apple juice and also (lemonade and Aronia) is another nice combo. There are a few companies in the USA using Aronia in some of their health drinks, I recall one company named SoBe which sold a nice beverage in around the year 2000. These berries do not take to much effort to become tasty though tasted of the bush most folks are not going to bother taking them home to experiment with, which is all a part of the grand scheme of things I guess.

      • mobius faith June 23, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

        Excellent info. Thanks. 🙂

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