Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Aronia melanocarpa
Pretty soon these will be ready to pick!

Laurie's sister, Bonnie and her family live in Iowa City. She sent me a shot of her brand new aronia bushes. I have the same variety growing in my garden. It's official name is aronia melanocarpa. It is a perennial shrub native to the eastern half of the US and both Bonnie and I have found that it performs very well in both Iowa and Kansas. Why grow it? It produces an abundant crop of vitamin rich berries that can be eaten fresh off the bush or used in baking. I mix them with black currants to make a rich, full-flavored jam that is luscious! Research has shown that aronia berries have more anitoxidant power than many of our favorite fruits and berries- even more than cranberries, blueberries or blackberries. You know what else? They help to slow the aging process!

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