Aronia herb plant


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Not to be confused with Malus floribunda, also called purple chokeberry

Aronia berries

Scientific classification:

Kingdom:    Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order:          Rosales
Family:         Rosaceae
Subfamily:  Amygdaloideae[1]
Tribe:          Maleae
Subtribe:    Malinae
Genus:        Aronia

Aronia is a genus of deciduous shrubs, the chokeberries, in the family Rosaceae native to eastern North America and most commonly found in wet woods and swamps.The genus is usually considered to contain two or three[species, one of which is naturalized in Europe.[8] A fourth form that has long been cultivated under the name Aroniais now considered to be an intergeneric hybrid, Sorbaronia mitschurinii.

Chokeberries are cultivated as ornamental plants and as food products. The sour berries can be eaten raw off the bush, but are more frequently processed. They can be found in wine, jam, syrup, juice, soft spreads, tea, salsa, chili starters, extracts, beer, ice cream, gummies and tinctures. The name “chokeberry” comes from the astringency of the fruits, which create a sensation making one’s mouth pucker.

Chokeberries are often mistakenly called chokecherries, which is the common name for Prunus virginiana. Further adding to the ambiguity, a variety of Prunus virginiana is named melanocarpa, readily confused with black chokeberry, commonly referred to as “black chokeberry” or “aronia”. Aronia berries and chokecherries are both high in polyphenolic compounds, such as anthocyanins, yet the two plants are distantly related within the Rosaceae family

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