Antioxidant Recipes: Don’t Choke on Aronia Berries!

Aronia Berries have a terrible reputation for tartness—thus the common name, Chokeberry. But they also have a wonderful reputation for antioxidant properties professed to boost the human immune system. How can a thing be SO wonderful and SO terrible?!

Aronia Berries in cooking

Add antioxidant power to your meals with a delicious, homemade Aronia Berry dish.

If you’re not one of those who loves strong flavors, the trick to taking advantage of the positive qualities of the Aronia Berry without having to deal with the tongue-tingling taste is to: 1) hide the taste by adding Aronia to a supplement such as Biovi® probiotic blend, or 2) use the berries themselves in recipes with other ingredients that counteract the tartness.

Biovi’s One-Two Punch for Good Health: Probiotics and Aronia Antioxidants
The Aronia berry was added to Biovi probotic supplement to boost the immune system in alignment with the gut-level addition of lactic yeast to promote good bacteria. Working together in this probiotic blend, Aronia and lactic yeast increase the body’s chances of fighting off bad bacteria and its negative effects. USDA reports indicate Aronia contains the highest levels of natural antioxidants of any fruit grown in the U.S. Its high antioxidant ORAC score makes Aronia a strong ally in the fight against metabolic disease, aging, cancer, heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s dementia.

Boosting the Aronia Supplement Health-Booster
You can further boost the health-boosting qualities of Aronia supplements with delicious homemade Aronia dishes. You’ll find juices and cookies in supermarkets, but it’s fun and satisfying to use the berries in your own cooking. You’ll find them in frozen or fresh forms. If you are determined, you can grow your own!

Here are a few of the most common ways of using Aronia Berries in home cooking:

  • Smoothies. These often contain some kind of milk, such as coconut milk, to blunt the tartness. Instead of adding refined sugars, add yogurt or sweet fruits, such as raspberries and bananas.
  • Cookies and bars. As with other tart fruits such as cranberries, the tartness of Aronia Berry can be a nice compliment to the blander taste of oats in oatmeal cookies and oat-based bars. The tartness is tolerable when you surround it with the earthy taste of oatmeal and knit the flavors together with a spice such as cinnamon. When used in bars, the tartness is often juxtaposed with sweet glazes and icings.
  • Pie. Cooking the berries down softens the texture of Aronia Berries. The principle of an Aronia Berry pie is similar to rhubarb. Combine it with a milder fruit—or add natural sweeteners, such as raw honey or maple syrup.
  • Juices. To counteract the tartness of the Aronia Berry in home juicing, blend with sweet or bland vegetable juices, such as carrot juice. The counter-taste not only balances the tartness, but dilutes the berry juice. If you feel you need to add sweetener, opt for turbinado or another natural choice that doesn’t spike blood sugar levels.
  • Toppings. The tartness of the berry in small quantities offers a tasteful punctuation to salads, cereals, ice cream or yogurt. Try tossing a few into a casserole or poultry stuffing. You can use them whole or blend them into a compote or drizzle.

Don’t be afraid of the tartness of the Aronia Berry. Be brave and experiment. Which of your favorite homemade dishes could be dressed up in Aronia?

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