Aronia hemsida
Aronia (Photinia pyrifolia L.), also known as Chokeberry, is native to North America, but was naturalized in Russia during the 19th century.

Plantations spread all over Central & Eastern Europe and today the berry is synonymous with healthy eating. In Sweden, Aronia has been around for more than 20 years. The plant is a small shrub that is often used in gardens & thrives well under larger trees. Aronia is a hardy, robust plant that does not require the use of pesticides.

Aronia is ideal for use in baking bread, mueslis and juices, as well as in jams jellies and even liqueurs. Aronia makes an excellent topping sprinkled over your breakfast yogurt and cereals. The berries have a pleasant, astringent taste that is similar to cranberries.  When sweetened the Aronia berry has a delicious, delicate flavor that is heaven to the taste buds.

The antioxidants in Aronia are called anthocyanines and proanthocyanines and are located in the dark pigment of the fruit. The total amount of antioxidants are some of the highest ever recorded. They measure 1480 mg per 100g fresh berries and with the proanthocyanines the concentration is 664 mg per 100g. Additionally, Aronia contains trace amounts of the following Vitamins and Minerals: A, B1, B2A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, B12, C, D, E, P, Magnesium, Zinc, Potassium and Iron to mention a few.