Aronia - The chokeberry

The Aronia melanocurpa is little known here on land. Perhaps it is familiar to a few people under the name of oregano (or bald oregano). They are estimated in Eastern Europe for several decades as an effective medicinal plant. Visually rather inconspicuous, one could almost confuse the Aronia berry with the blueberry - while the berries of the Aronia plant have a healthier effect.

Aronia: effect and origin

Originally from eastern North America, the aronia plant came to Russia in the 19th century. Since the mid-20th century, it was used in the former Soviet Union for healing purposes. Thus, the chokeberry is not only very well suited for hypertension, drugs for Kapillartoxikosen, certain types of gastritis and bleeding are obtained from the Aronia berry.

Furthermore, the aronia plant is used as a remedy for allergies, stomach disorders, liver and biliary disorders and childhood diseases, and has a positive effect on the immune system, blood formation and the regeneration of bone and muscle tissue.

Appleberry protects against free radicals

The Aronia plant is a versatile remedy because it is a folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin K and flavonoid. Many diseases of our modern society are triggered by unstable oxygen molecules, which we call free radicals. They affect cell metabolism and cause oxidative stress, which can lead to serious sequelae. It also speeds up the aging process.

The aronia is rich in phytochemicals, which counteract all this. The free radicals are bound by the high proportion of antioxidants. Since free radicals can also influence the development of cancer, the regular consumption of apple berries can prevent cancer. Also, the Aronia berry is a remedy for damage from solar radiation and skin diseases - even in the radiation sickness, the chokeberry is used. Thus, the aronia has the potential to become the new anti-aging elixir of tomorrow.

Environmentally conscious people can also prevent arteriosclerosis and nerve damage by consuming aronia. Sometimes, the weed is also said to have a positive influence on mental illness.

Aronia juice or aronia jam?

However, aronia has one minor drawback: despite their relatively high sugar content, apple-berries have a bitter taste, so many people prefer to drink aronia juice or spread aronia jam on the bread. But you should not overdo it. A water-diluted glass of Aronia juice (Aronia pure juice still has a relatively tart taste) is sufficient daily. Because with increased consumption and stomach problems can occur.

Instead of water, the aronia juice can also be mixed with other fruit juices or enjoyed by further processing as lemonade. In the Soviet Union, the aronia berry was also used for the processing of sweets. Since ready-made products of the chokeberry are only rarely available in Germany, you can also try out some of the aronia recipes yourself.

Recipe: Aronia milkshake

  • 400g of aronia berries
  • 1l whole milk
  • 200g cream
  • Sweet to taste with honey or sugar

The washed aronia berries are processed with a blender or puree stick to create a mush. Pass the mus through a fine sieve, stir with whipped cream and milk. Beat everything again until frothy and sweeten to taste. This and other Aronia recipes will spice up any summer game; Aronia berries, cream yoghurt, egg yolk, powdered sugar and vanilla sugar can also be used to conjure up a refreshing Aronia ice cream. Incidentally, like the raisin, you can also dry the aronia berry.

A little tip: The frozen apple-berry loses its intense-tart taste.

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