Aronia is a Greek genus of coniferous shrubs, with the common name, Aronia, meaning “joy of the earth.” The genus is composed of over 2021 different species all of which are native to the northern hemisphere, but some are now naturalized in parts of Asia, Africa, and South America. Aronia is the most studied genus in the world, with specimens being studied all over the world. Most plants in the Aronia family (the entire genus except for a few) are native to sunny tropical regions. However, Aronia can also be found growing in parts of the Mediterranean and subtropical areas.
The most popular member of the Aronia family, red aronia, is the most widely planted shrub in the world. Red aronia ‘rush’ and blue-green interspersed with white are interspersed among the other main colors. The flowers are quite large, measuring up to five inches in diameter, and they start out a bright yellow-red and then fade to lavender. The style and shape of the leaves changes as the plant matures.
The most highly prized of all the species in the genus Aronia, black-eyed Susan, is an excellent choice for a landscape shrub. The shrub grows to about five feet tall and has a spread habit. The blooms are large, globular, and pendulous, and the leaves have a double thicker curl. The fruit of the shrub are a variety of red and black chokeberry, the size and texture of a grape. Black-eyed susans are the most popular of the red aroma varieties.
While the most important part of the plant, the leaves, is not edible, it is the red berries that are the most desirable for eating. The berries, which are highly perishable, must be carefully stored in small plastic containers that are placed in the refrigerator. Because of the perishable nature of the berries, they must be eaten soon after they come out of the ground. The leaves of the shrub must also be eaten as soon as they come out of the ground, since they are the longest lasting of all the leaves. Because of their large size, these berries are prized for making preserves, pies, and the like.
The fruit of the Aronia tree bears fruit in the summer, which typically occurs between June and August. When picking out the berries, make sure to pick them when the skin is still soft. This allows the berry to be eaten unpeeled. The flesh of the berries is slightly harder than the skin, and this makes it difficult for some people to chew the small, sweet berries. Even though the flavor of the Aronia shrub is mild, its use in jams, jellies, juices, and other beverages, is what has made it extremely popular around North America.
Although the ancient Greeks and Romans used the Aronia plant to make medicine, the native peoples of North America have been using the Aronia shrub for food for thousands of years. Today, people from all over the world enjoy the many uses that the ammonia plant has in a variety of recipes. In North America, the exotic, superfood berries are available at health food stores and through the internet, where there are also a variety of different ways to purchase the dried fruit. If you enjoy the delicious taste of the dried berry, or would like to learn more about how Aronia can help improve your health, you can visit my website for more information.