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Aronia Blossom (Choke Berry)


Aronia Blossom (Choke Berry)

Said to be one of the healthiest fruits, Chokeberries have three times the level of antioxidants found in blueberries and are classed as a 'superfood'. The aronia really is a 'superberry'! The aronia berry, similar in appearance to a cranberry, is said to help ward off heart disease as well as providing many disease-fighting antioxidants. The plants need damp, mild conditions in which to grow, which make them an ideal crop for many parts of Great Britain. The berries, which also contain high levels of vitamin C, are too tart and sharp to be eaten raw, but are ideal for sauces, summer puddings, as a topping on cheesecakes, or blended into smoothies, or simply juiced to make a truly-health giving drink! Fully hardy and grows to 2mx2m.



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pretty flower too! never heard of this plant or fruit. lol but not surprising that lol

2 Jun, 2015

 

It is a native of Canada Mum, where it grows wild and is widely appreciated. I was browsing a fruit seller's site when I found it and then I found out through research that it is supposed to be ideal for Scotland but hardly anyone grows it. Then I found out that a local farmer in Perthshire has developed a crop which M&S are buying for use in their food. So I thought it would be worth giving it a try, and the plants are lovely, so not disappointed so far. The blossoms are lovely...like Hawthorn I think.

2 Jun, 2015

 

I like to grow foods that I can't get easily in the supermarket or from the farm down the road. I can't see much point in growing lots of raspberries and strawberries when they are so commonly farmed here. I do have some strawberries though. :)

2 Jun, 2015

 

I know exactly what you mean, they do sound interesting, certainly very pretty flowers, how tall do they get?

2 Jun, 2015

 

2m x 2m, so a good size for a garden.

2 Jun, 2015

 

A very pretty flower love the pink stamens ;0)

3 Jun, 2015

 

Slightly scented too Carole. The only draw back to this shrub is its thicket-like habit. I shall try to prune mine into a decent shape, but really it would be better in a hedgerow or wild garden. Still, a few years yet before they get that big.

3 Jun, 2015

 

Probably too big for my garden, but great as you say for a hedgerow;0)

3 Jun, 2015

 

Very interesting infomation Karen, thanks for the 'write up'. I like the fact that it's berries seem to have tremendous health benefits. The blossom is very pretty too. I have a couple of large gaps, on the garden side of our hawthorn hedge and wondered how it would get on, near the hawthorn?

9 Jun, 2015

 

i think it would love it Alan!

9 Jun, 2015

 

Just incase...I got these from Primrose. They had larger plants than anywhere else I could find for the money.

9 Jun, 2015

 

Thanks Karen, I got my mole traps from Primrose. They were very reasonably priced and a great product.

9 Jun, 2015



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