Nature’s “superberries” because of its extraordinary nutritional value. They are similar in size to blueberries and a deep violet in colour. The health benefits are based on its very high levels of anthocyanins and flavonoids. Three times the antioxidants of blueberries and five to ten times higher than cranberries, with beneficial nutrients such as antioxidants, polyphenols, minerals and vitamins. Also known to improve the circulation of blood, make blood vessels stronger, help keep blood pressure at normal levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. They have also been proven to help treating stomach problems including gastric ulcers and diarrhea. It also serves as anti-carcinogenic agent. The effect of the berries on cancer is known to be rather effective especially for those suffering from colon cancer. Viking is the most productive cultivar of the Aronia, yielding as high as 5 tons per acre. This easy-to-grow native plant is loaded with black berries that ripen in late summer and can hang on the bush throughout winter. Berries are very high in antioxidants and are great used for wine, juices, jam, baking and more. Highly ornamental shrub features fragrant, white blooms and glossy green foliage. Grows 1.5 m (5 ft) in full sun to partial shade.

Planting Instructions
Growing Aronia Viking


Aronia Jelly
Makes 10 8oz jars

3.5 lbs aronia berries
3 cups water
6.5 cups sugar
1 bottle liquid pectin

Wash & stem fruit. Place in a kettle with water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 15 minutes. Extract juice. Measure out 3 cups and mix with sugar. Follow the standard procedure for making jelly with liquid pectin. Using half raspberries or half cherries also makes a good jam. Use frozen berries for best results.

Making Aronia Juice
Aronia juice can be made by freezing the fruit first (freezing breaks down the cellular tissue for better juice production) and pressing the fruit. The pressed juice tastes much better. This is because the pulp contains the natural chemicals called proanthocyanidins that most likely cause the bitter and astringent taste. A masticating juicer will allow pulp into the juice, so do not use one of these either. By pressing the fruit, you can enjoy a better juice flavor without the pulp. Use a small fruit press if you can. Use the juice for making jelly, ice cream, and for drinking.