Aronia’s The new SUPER FOOD!

In the Fall of 2011, we planted over 1800 Aronia berry bushes. What is an Aronia berry and why are you growing them you ask? The aronia berry has the highest concentration of antioxidants present in any fruit. We all know the importance of antioxidants in keeping us healthy and fighting diseases. Just this property of the aronia berry ought to make it a top contender for the healthiest fruit/berry ever. Because it is rich in antioxidants, it has a very high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value, almost 80 units which is probably the highest amongst fruits. However, there’s more. Aronia berries also have a lot of flavonoids which help the body in its fight against viruses, cancer causing elements, also known as carcinogens and different types of allergies.

Aronia berry on branch.

We will be selling them on the market, but we will also be making jams, jellies, wines, syrups, muffins, trail mix, smoothies and many other things with these incredibly healthy little berries.

The Aronia bush itself is very attractive bush that will reach over 10 feet high and turns a lovely red in the fall.

Recently we have joined the Midwest Aronia Association and we have met a lot of interesting people.  One of whom was Mike Mathiasen of Harvest Moon Farms, out of St. Charles Iowa.  Mike is trying to do something marketable for the Aronia berries.  First off he's come out with a Aronia juice blend called Aro (pronounced Arrow). The aronia berry drink, ARO, has no added sugars, corn syrup or artificial sweetener and no preservatives. It has been designed to be a tasty and efficient means of adding powerful antioxidants to your diet using the aronia berry. Your daily “strive for five” serving of fruits and vegetables can be largely accomplished with just this little bottle. Drink this 3-5 times each week and reap the many benefits that a diet rich in antioxidants can offer, including less joint stiffness and protection against a variety of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and hypercholesterolemia.

ARO 5 poster.  ARO 4 poster.