(Aronia melanocarpa) Aronia is a superfruit that folks in Poland have known for a long time. They use it to make wine, jams, and jellies—and to flavor vodka.  On Aronia plants, the berries look plump and delicious. But, honestly, these are not meant for fresh eating. You'll spit them out. 

  • Health Benefits
    Aronia is chock full of antioxidants; more than any other berry. It also has high levels of proanthocyanidins which have been shown in studies to inhibit the the growth of cancer cells. It has more polythenols (the good stuff in green tea) than any other berry. And it has more infection-fighting quinic acid than cranberries. Aronia is great stuff, if you can choke it down.    
  • Best eaten as                       
    Aronia Jam is quite tasty, as are a host of other products we've developed. Although our cousin the wine expert turned up his nose at our "earthy" Aronia wine. Hrummph.
  • Pests
    Birds won't eat Aronia berries. And that includes desperate birds. Deer won't either, but they will chew on the branches. Of course, deer chew on everything—they are evil. 
  • Year planted / Source
    100 plants 2015 (Forrest Keeling); 128 plants 2016 (Spring Meadow). All survive. This may be the easiest thing to grow in the history of growing.
  • Cultivars
    Viking, but no-name cultivars do just as well  
Aronia Jam

It's actually very good. A favorite around the house. And the deep purple virtue-signals that you are one of those in-the-know people who won't settle for Smuckers. (Do they still make Smuckers?)