Aronia Berries…An Amazing Superfood!

Have you heard of aronia berries? Did you know they are pronounced uh-ROW-nyuh? I didn’t either!

Here is what is amazing about these berries:

  • They have higher levels of antioxidants, polyphenois, and anthocyanins than cranberries, blueberries, grapes, and most other fruits. 

Check this out:

We are using aronia berries for their immune-boosting effects. You may have heard of elderberries or elderberry syrup. Well, aronia berries have even more antioxidant effects than elderberries according to the chart above. We never pass up an opportunity to pick berries ourselves, and aronia berries are naturally bug resistant so no need for pesticides!

There’s research showing other benefits of aronia berries, too.

Cancer

A 2004 study looked at the effects of grape, aronia, and bilberry extracts in preventing the growth of colon cancer. The study found that while all the extracts inhibited the growth of the cancer cells, aronia had the strongest effect.

A 2009 study found that an aronia extract helped to reduce cell damage in relation to breast cancer. The study’s authors concluded that the aronia extract had been shown to have protective qualities in people experiencing breast cancer.

This 2017 study shows the potential benefits of aronia berries in chronic disease.

Want to know how to incorporate aronia berries into your day?

Two easy ways:

  1. Eat them fresh! If you’re like my son and you enjoy sour things, you’ll love these! About 20-30 berries per day is suggested.
  2. Use it in anything you’d use blueberries for – pancakes, muffins, smoothies, etc. 

Here’s an easy recipe for making aronia berry concentrate with just two ingredients! The concentrate can be used like a jam or added to smoothies.

Ingredients:

  • 4 to 5 pounds of fresh Aronia berries
  • Honey

Instructions:

  1. Pour berries into a large stockpot and mash them.
  2. Place the pot on the stove and slowly bring the berries to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  3. Continue to mash the berries as they heat until they’ve released most of their juices. This process should take 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Strain the juice and berries through a strainer bag suspended over another container. Be sure to squeeze the bag and get all the juice out.
  5. To every 5 parts finished juice, add 1 part honey.
  6. Store the juice in the refrigerator.