Back in July 2013, The Wall Street Journal touted the slightly astringent and tart black aronia as possibly the next superberry. While WSJ listed it alongside other health-giving berries, Fox News wrote more directly: Aronia: The North American super berry with cancer-fighting properties., calling aronia the “King Kong of antioxidant berries” (other than that, it’s actually a pretty good and informative article). In a word – it’s a great berry that’s very good to you!
Black aronia berry has been popular here in Estonia for decades – it makes a beautiful hedge plant, especially in the autumn:
See what I mean? The aronia plant has most beautiful dark red leaves in the autumn!
Usually the berries are used to make cordial, though they can be used in so many other ways. I often throw a handful of berries into my smoothie, and I’ve provided links to various recipes below. Here’s a simple autumnal pudding, using apples, aronia berries and cream of wheat/semolina.
Black aronia and apple whipped semolina pudding
Serves 4 to 6
1 l (4 cups) water
500 ml (2 cups) of cleaned black aronia berries and apple chunks
100 g caster sugar
a pinch of salt
200 ml semolina/cream of wheat (wholewheat or spelt semolina is fine, too)
Put the aronia berries and chopped apples into a saucepan, pour over the water. Bring into a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the aronia berries have softened.
Take a bowl (or another saucepan) and cover with a sieve. Pour the cooked apples and black aronias – and their boiling liquid – onto the sieve and using the back of a wooden spoon, press as much of the fruit through the sieve. Season the mixture with sugar and a pinch of salt. Bring into a boil.
Pour semolina quickly into the boiling mixture, stirring vigorously to avoid any lumps. Then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 10-15 minutes, stirring every now and then, until semolina – and the pudding – thickens. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool for about half an hour. Whisk until fluffy and light – this is best done with an electric mixer.
Serve with milk.
More recipes using black aronia berries aka chokeberries:
Black aronia muffins @ Nami-Nami
Black aronia and kefir smoothie @ Nami-Nami
Aronia jam @ Blooms ‘n’ Food
6 recipes @ Deep Roots
Aronia jam @ Sto kolorow kuchni (recipe in Polish)
Black aronia soda @ ferdakost
Vispipuuro omenasta ja marja-aroniasta by Riikka @ (recipe in Finnish)
Vispipuuro marja-aroniasta @ Omenaminttu (recipe in Finnish)
Vispipuuro marja-aroniasta ja mustaherukasta by MariMaalla @ Lily (recipe in Finnish)
Aroniaglögi @ Omenaminttu (recipe in Finnish)
Aronia-omenakisselli @ Omenaminttu (recipe in Finnish)
Aronia and rye foam by Malitsu @ Mämmi
(From the recipe archives: this post was originally posted in September 2013)