Aronia: The New Superfood?
Unlike the majority of popular super fruits (think acai and pomegranate), this berry is native to North America. States like Iowa and Ohio have been growing quite a bit of it in recent years. Aronia melanocarpa (its proper botanical name) is also grown around the globe in countries like Denmark and Russia. Sometimes referred to as "chokeberry," these deep black-ish purple berries look similar to blueberries but have a much more sharp and sour flavor.
Brimming with anthocyanins, these little berries are getting attention in part because of their outstanding antioxidant content. While more research is needed, there's some evidence that ties aronia to lower cholesterol, cancer suppression and better management of diabetes.
Bottom Line: No need to go completely wild over this berry. As it becomes more widely available, aronia can be another high antioxidant item to add to your fruit repertoire.