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Published on November 08, 2013

The Midwest Super Fruit

November 08, 2013

Aronia BerriesAronia berries are a super fruit grown in the Midwest. The more familiar name for these nutritional beauties is chokeberries. The berries are a beautiful dark purple; they have three times the antioxidant concentration as blueberries. Chokeberries may be a beneficial addition to a diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Also rich in anthocyanins, chokeberries contain three times the amount as tart cherries.  Anthocyanins are evident in the deep purple color. This compound helps protect the heart and may act as an anti-inflammatory.

From a culinary view these berries are beautiful and have a sturdy, tart flavor. Consider adding them to sweet quick bread or pancakes with other sweet berries for a perfect blend of sweet and tart. When added to a smoothie, the beautiful berry color makes it more enticing. Sprinkled a top of a sweet squash soup creates the perfect contrast of color and flavor.

Who would have thought super foods could be grown in Iowa?!

 

Jo Cessna
Healthy Culinary Instructor

Reviewed by:
Peggy Marchini, RD - Certified Diabetes Educator

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