Chokeberries. Doesn't sound very appetizing does it? Although these tart berries (also known as aronia berries) might make your pucker, the pucker is well worth it. The berries grow on small shrubs in the cooler regions of North America and belong to the Rosaceae family. The fruits have relatively thick, pigmented skin and are slightly bitter in taste. The black and blue colored berries are rich sources of the anthocyanin class of pigment antioxidants. Aronia berries come with several types of powerful antioxidants; in fact, they actually have the highest antioxidant capacity of any berry or other fruit. Even higher than elderberry! According to Aronia Berry News, 100 grams (or 3.5 ounces) of aronia berries has an ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) value of just over 16,000. Antioxidants are believed to protect against many degenerative diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, and to slow down aging in general. Some additional prominent and powerful elements in chokeberries include epicatechin, quercetin, caffeic acid, carotenes, malvidin, lutein and zeaxanthin
Wouldn't it be great to get your hands on this powerful antioxidant source before winter? And wouldn't it be even better if there was a local producer supplying it? Of course, you know where I'm going with this...
Natalie and Luke Plagge (of Clear Lake) have officially launched Pondview Farms where they are growing, harvesting and then processing aronia berry into an easy-to-use concentrate. We invited them to speak at a Healthy Living Education class a few weeks ago and learned so much about how they grow the berries, harvest the berries and then produce a concentrate from the harvested berries.
If you've been looking for an immune-supporting supplement for the winter months, we'd strongly encourage you to consider aronia. Stop in to Simply Nourished and chat with one of our knowledgable Sales Team members to learn more about how to use the aronia concentrate. The store is open Monday through Friday from 10-6 and Saturday from 10-4.