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Aronia or Siberian chokeberry (Latin: aronia melanocarpa, English: Chokeberry) is a type of berry. It originates from North America, while in Europe it is most widespread in Russia and Poland as a fruit species.

Aronia is a deciduous shrub that grows from 1.5 to 3m in height. It has beautiful white flowers in groups of 30 and colorful flame red leaves. Its fruit are berries, pea-sized, purple- black in color, with sweet, sour and slightly bitter taste.

Ripe fruits of chokeberry contain high levels of biophenol , tannin, flavonoid , anthocyanin , a large quantity of carotene and minerals ( potassium , calcium, iron , manganese, molybdenum , phosphorous and iodine), vitamins ( A, C, P, B9, B6, B2, vitamin E), cellulose, pectin .

Aronia has the largest amount of antioxidants of all foods that are used in human diet.

Antioxidants are substances that protect the body from free radicals. When they bind oxygen to themselves, they thereby inactivate the free radicals and strengthen the defense capability of the body, and protect the body against aging and diseases. Many studies have proven that the antioxidants help prevent cancer and heart disease, preserve memory and reduce the risk of degenerative diseases, reduce pain, fatigue, muscle pain, prevent some eye diseases, and even help fighting wrinkles.

The capacity of antioxidants is expressed in ORAC units- Oxygen radical absorbance capacity. Aronia has 16100 of ORAC units which is 16 100 micromoles per 100g of the fruit which is many times more than any other plant. Daily human needs are from 3000 to 5000 ORAC units, so it is enough to consume 20 - 30 grams of the fruit, or the same number of berries. It is taken once daily in the morning on an empty stomach, 30 minutes before food intake .With continuous usage and proper diet Aronia visibly improves health after 3 to 4 months and in cases of severe diseases after 6 to 9 months.

Fresh Aronia berries can be kept refrigerated, like apples or grapes at +2 ° C. They are easy to dry in the sun or in the shade, without fear of spoiling and rotting.

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