Aronia, also known as chokeberry, is deciduous shrub that belongs to the family of roses. There are two species of aronia: black and red. They originate from the eastern parts of the North America. Aronia grows in swampy areas and moist woodlands. It requires moist, well-drained soil and partial shade for the successful growth. Aronia can withstand drought, pollution of the ground, diseases and insect attacks. People cultivate aronia mostly as a source of food and in ornamental purposes.
Yes, you read that right! The chokeberry has these amazing healing properties, and it is also packed with vitamins C, A, E, B2, B6, B9, and the rarest vitamin of all – Vitamin P. It also contains minerals such as iron, calcium and phosphorous and is extremely rich in antioxidants.
This incredibly delicious plant does wonder when it comes to protecting the body from many chronic diseases and infections. Thanks to its anti-cancer properties it kills the cancer cells and it eliminates the free radicals in the body while at the same time preventing tumors from growing in the lungs, breasts, intestines and brain.
Studies have shown that this plant also boosts the blood circulation and protects the cardiovascular system.
The Chokeberry is also known for its ability to boost the immune system,
to treat inflammation, prevent viruses and bad bacteria from harming
the body, and it regulates the blood pressure.
The chokeberry’s delicious fruits contain high amounts of beta-carotene that protect the cells from damage and the eyes from the dangerous ultraviolet sun rays. It regulates the blood sugar levels and prevents wrinkles from forming.
The chokeberry is usually consumed as a dried fruit or as juice, but you can also consume as it as a tea, fruit cakes, and syrups. It can also be used as ingredient of breakfast cereals and for the preparation of cakes, muffins, pies, ice-creams, syrups, juices, jams, jellies and teas.