[NAFEX] Aronia arbutifolia. Red chokeberry.
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Sun Nov 13 09:38:29 EST 2011
Aronia is not an out of hand fruit. Even the best such as Viking or
Nero have some astringency. However, the nutritional profile is off
the map & the large majority of people who are planting them (100s of
acres going in in the midwest) are planting them for the superfood
market & because there is almost 0 disease pressure. The best
culinary uses I have seen are jams, ice cream, chutney & bbq sauce.
But most of all they make absolutely fabulous wine if the slight
astringency is dealt with.
They also raisin well & can be tossed with a slight amount of sweetner
for a dried fruit snack.
On Sun, Nov 13, 2011 at 8:24 AM, Elizabeth Hilborn <ehilborn at mebtel.net> wrote:
> I just tasted my first Aronia berries. They were red, I believe they are
> /Aronia arbutifolia/. I have to admit I am underwhelmed. They are dry
> and mealy, bland tasting. They remind me of an inferior rose hip without
> as much fruit surrounding the seed core.
> When I search for /Aronia/ uses, the web is full of glowing reports for
> juice, jams, jellies, even fresh eating. Are the red varieties that
> much inferior to the black? I don't know the history of these plants, so
> the fruit quality may have been adversely affected by drought.
> Does anyone have any comments or experience with using these fruits?
> Betsy Hilborn
> 7a central NC
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