South Africans have not heard of an Aronia Berry as most of the cultivated plants were developed in Russia and Northern European countries.
They are a beautiful ornamental plant and will thrive in a large pot or in the ground. The flowers in spring are small, delicate, and creamy white. In autumn the leaves will change from green to a bright red colour making an attractive display.
The Aronia Berry is classed as a superfood because of its many health benefits. They contain antioxidants, Vitamins A, C and E as well as beta carotene, potassium, iron and manganese to name a few.
Aronia Berries are also known as Chokeberries because of their astringent flavor. However when ripened, the fruit can be picked, frozen and then defrosted, to make the taste much sweeter. These berries can last up to one year in a freezer.
Aronia Berry plants can tolerate most soil types. As with all berries they prefer full sun but can also tolerate partial shade.
Aronia Berry plants grow to a maximum of 1m in height and can spread up to 3m wide.