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Aronia Berries


Aronia Berries 

   Courtesy of University of Maryland Extension.

Aronia (Photinia melanocarpa, formerly Aronia melanocarpa) is commonly known as “black chokeberry,” although the preferred common name used by individuals who sell the berries or products made from them is “aronia berry” or simply “aronia.” Aronia is a woody perennial shrub in the rosaceae family that is native to the eastern United States and hardy to zone three. It grows in full sun and along woodland edges. In recent years, most of its native habitat has been lost to field crops and urbanization (Hardin 1973).

This plant should not be confused with chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), which is also a native American plant somewhat similar to aronia in appearance, but whose leaves, stems and seeds contain toxic amounts of prussic acid (Trinklein 2007).  October 2013 . . .  Aronia Berries




Businesses/Case Studies

  • Bellbrook Berry Farm, Brooklyn, Wisconsin - This farm, formed in 2006, is the first commercial planting of aronia for berry production in Wisconsin.
  • BlazerFarmz, Missouri - This business retails aronia berry products that include frozen berries, jam, jelly, chews and cold-pressed juice and is also a large-scale aronia grower.
  • Sawmill Hollow Organic Farm, Missouri Valley, Iowa.

Links checked August 2014.


Aronia Berry Product Traffic Report, The Food Processing Center, University of Nebraska, April 2013


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