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Popular Berry Considered More “Super” than Acai or Blueberries

holyoke farmers market(AP) — You can find it in everything from juices and powdered supplements to baby food. And now, research shows it packs more antioxidants than blueberries, acai and goji berries.

The “aronia berry,” a native North American plant, is in the midst of a transformation and is prized for it’s exceptional health benefits and easy cultivation. It’s known in the Midwest as the chokeberry, the name European settlers centuries ago gave the berry they found tart, astringent and more pretty than palatable.

The almost black-purple, pea-sized berry gets its more agreeable name from its genus, Aronia melanocarpa.

It’s now dubbed a “superfood,” and producers are taking notice. Thousands of the shrubs being planted by farmers — mostly in Iowa, but also in other upper Midwest states — every year.


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