PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Black Chokeberry

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Aronia melanocarpa / Rosaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: sun-partial shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

       

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

sour/blueberry

RAW/DRY/COOK

Oct-Dec

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: medium

 

COMMENT: A good flavour but very astringent. The fruit should be fully ripe before being eaten and is best after a frost or two. It makes a good jelly when sugar is added and is also dried and used for making pemmican. The fruit is rich in pectin and can be added to fruits that are low in this substance when making jams, wine, etc.

 

CAUTION:

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Miscellany. An infusion of the berries has been used in the treatment of colds. Pectin is also said to protect the body against radiation.(1) Also: https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/news/20041202/purple-berries-pack-potent-antioxidant-punch

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Pectin. The fruit is a source of pectin, a substance that is used to thicken jams etc and as a culture medium in laboratories.(1)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Aronia+melanocarpa
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/chokeberry-bushy-health-food  
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aronia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aronia_melanocarpa
  4. http://rawedibleplants.blogspot.com/2012/12/black-chokeberry-aronia-melanocarpa.html  
  5. https://ouroneacrefarm.com/foraging-aronia-berries