Health Benefits of Aronia
Aronia is a large genus of deciduous shrubs, the arnica, in the Family Rosaceae native to central and eastern North America. The genus is regarded to contain five or seven species, all of which are common in North America. The most common of the species in this family, the Aronia, is a woody shrub or tree with a rigid branches and a fissured bark that are grayish green in color. The other members of this genus, with corresponding colors and types of leaves, are: Gymnema spicata (soft green), Mimulus guttatus (soft gray), Oenathe sarmentosa (hard gray), Passiflora brasilei (brass colored), Mimulus panniculata (colored) and the most rare species, the Argyreia speciosa (wild cherry). All members of the Aronia family belong to the genus with a fissured bark and a rigid branch pattern.
Aronia deters insects by its bitter taste, which makes it a popular choice for protection in gardens. It has been used as a common food source by many tribes throughout history. In China, it was used as food by nomads and other rural people. This has lead to the use of the Chinese word for the fruit, which is known as “long jing” or “apple of the east.”
Because of the many uses for this vegetable, it has become a very popular choice for culinary purposes in the north America. Many health food stores, grocery stores and restaurants offer aronia berries and the seeds to grow them. The most productive time to grow the plants is from early spring until late summer, when the soil is warm and moist. The flowers and fruits, however, can be grown any time, even in areas that are cold and dry.
Unlike most berries, ammonia has very poor growing conditions. The most important consideration for Aronia growth habit is water availability. The soil of the western part of the Aronia plant tends to be desert-like with poor drainage. This makes it an unfavorable environment for growing arena arbutifolia. It is far more preferable to grow the shrubs in slightly sub-tropical or tropical conditions where the soil is normally dry, with a little bit of shade and rainfall.
Since the berries are an open pollinated plant, you will need to ensure that you have flowers and a suitable growing environment all throughout your planting cycle. The best time to harvest the aronia is after midsummer, while the fruits are in full ripeness. The golden fruit, however, only ripens during mid-fall.
There are many health benefits associated with ingesting raw or ripe aronia berries. If you eat at least one ounce of this delicious fruit per day, you can easily boost your immune system, lower cholesterol, improve your circulation and heart condition, increase energy and stamina, improve your digestion, and more. So if you want to get all the health benefits that aronia berries offer, then you should grow your own! Besides, who wouldn’t want to enjoy a delicious tasting fruit every day?