3 delicious ways to process and use the aronia berry
About 1,400 tons of aronia berries were harvested in Germany in 2017 on more than 688 hectares of cultivated land. Each year, the aronia plantations grow by another 100 hectares. Slowly, the positive effects of aronia berry on our vitality and health also known in this country.
In Russia and Poland, the aronia berry has long since been recognized as a medicinal plant. However, the unprocessed berry is hardly edible due to its many tannins. If you eat them raw, then your mouth tightens due to its acidic-tart properties.
Nevertheless, you do not have to renounce the vitalizing properties of aroniaberry. We from Hof Stövesandt tell you 3 delicious ways to process and use the aronia berry. So the aronia berry becomes your favorite superfood.
"Aronia berries are full of vitamins, trace elements and phytonutrients."
What vitamins does the aronia berry give you?The aronia berry belongs to the superfoods. It is also often referred to as apple berry in Germany and is full of vitamins, trace elements and phytochemicals such as the so-called OPC. Oligomere Proanthocyanidine act as antioxidants and fight free radicalsthat can attack and damage our cells, connective tissues and blood vessels.
In addition the powerberry contains vitamins A, B2, C and K, that our body needs daily for metabolism and the maintenance of bodily functions. Due to the high OPC content, the aroniaberry enhances the effect of the vitamins and you profit from them twice.
Additionally aronia berry provides important trace elements such as iron, calcium and iodineOne hundred grams of apple berry contain 0.93 mg of iron, 121 mg of calcium and 0.0064 mg of iodine. These are essential to our blood health, our bones and the function of our thyroid gland.
Are aronia berries toxic?
Many people believe that the aronia berry is toxic due to its high content of hydrogen cyanide. But that's nonsense. The fake news that went through the press a few years ago was quickly revised.
"If we eat small amounts of the powerberry every day, then the aronia berry is anything but toxic."
The Max Rubner Institute explained that 100 g of aroniaberry contains only 0.6 to 1.2 mg hydrogen cyanide. This is even far less than the Hydrononic acid content of peas (2 mg per 100 g). If we eat small amounts of the powerberry daily, then the aronia berry is anything but poisonous.
How can I use aronia berries?
There are no limits to the use of the aronia berry in the food. You can dry, puree and even juice them. If you don't have the capacity to plant your own berries, you can also Buy finished aronia berry powder.
However, make sure that you products produced naturally and gently Use. They contain valuable vitamins and fiber that would otherwise be lost due to the extraction steps.
"There are no limits to the use of aronia berries in food."
The aronia berry can be used in many ways
Aronia berries are preferred in the form of jam, combined with other fruits (e.g. oranges or peaches) or they give the morning smoothie an extra energy kick.
If the taste of aronia berry is too tart for you, then there is a simple trick: Freeze them before further processing. As a result, the apple berry loses its tart taste, but remains sour for a bit of summery freshness.
Simple and tasty recipes with aronia berries
In principle, you can enhance any recipe with aronia berries. However, if you are a newcomer, you should first approach the correct dose of the Powerberry.
Start with a small amount and slowly increase the content of the apple berry to find the right taste for you. Finally, trying is about studying.
Fruity aronia orange jam
The processing of aronia berry into jam will particularly impress our bread lovers. The fruity and sweet taste on a delicious country bread brings the difficult everyday work to an end.
Small tip: You can also mix the aronia orange jam with your muesli or pure yoghurt to make your breakfast fruitier.
Aronia berries to refine the jam
The advantage of a Do-it-yourself Jam is, of course, that you know what's in it. Your body is not contaminated by chemical additives and preservatives.
For the aronia berries jam you need:
- 700 g organic oranges, peeled and without seeds
- 300 g organic aronia berries
- 500 g gelling sugar (2:1)
- the peel of an organic lemon
Preparation of DIY jam:
- Put the oranges and aronia berries in a large bowl and puree them with a puree stick to a fine porridge. Stir in the grated lemon zest.
- Put the aronia orange puree in a large saucepan and add the gelling sugar. Cook the jam with constant stirring and let it boil for 4 minutes.
- In the meantime, wash out the jam jars with boiling water and then fill them with the hot jam.
- Close the glasses well and turn them upside down for 5 minutes.
Tip: Since the aronia berries can taste a bit tart, you can easily vary the proportion of aronia berries to oranges.
Ice cream from aronia berries juice
Especially in summer temperatures, a fresh kick can make you fit again. In the form of an ice cream, you can take advantage of the vitalizing properties of aronia berry for you.
Ingredients for 750 ml of aronia ice cream:
- 250 ml apple juice
- 250 ml orange juice
- 250 ml cold black tea
- a dash of aronia juice
- Lemon slices (at will)
- Ice cube
Here's how it's done:
- Use the apple juice with the orange juice and the cold black tea.
- Add a good shot of aronia berry juice. The more juice you add, the harder the ice.
- Serve the iced ice cream with lots of ice cubes and a few slices of lemon.
Aronia Smoothies with Organic OPC Powder
If you don't grow or buy aronia berries yourself, you may be interested in an alternative to the powerberry. Often there are recipes that use the aronia berry in its dried form. Therefore, it is our natural organic OPC powder good for the daily vitality boost in the form of a smoothie.
Below we have listed two ideas for delicious Aronia Smoothies. Of course, you can combine them with other fruits or fruits at will.
Fruity smoothie with a touch of aronia
Ingredients for about 750 ml:
- 1 frozen, peeled banana
- 1 mango
- 350 ml water
- 350 ml orange juice
- 2 tsp organic OPC aronia
- 4 tsp chia seeds
Preparation for our fruity smoothie:
Put all the ingredients in the blender and crush the ingredients until there are no more pieces left.
Tip: A frozen banana serves as an ice cube replacement. However, if you only have fresh bananas at hand, you can also add a few ice cubes.
Green smoothie with plenty of antioxidants
Ingredients for about 750 ml:
- half an avocado
- 1 apple
- 1 mango
- 150 g wild berries
- a handful of baby spinach
- 15 g ginger
- 2 g Organic OPC Aronia
- Water (about 500ml)
Aronia berries enhance the effect of vitamins in smoothies
Preparation for our green aronia berry smoothie:
- Put all the ingredients in the blender until there are no more pieces left.
- You can add some water if the smoothie is too thick for you.
Tip: Ginger gives the smoothie a slight sharpness. Depending on the taste, you can vary the proportion of course.
The diversity of aronia berries
The aronia berry is becoming increasingly popular due to its positive effects on our vitality. As a snack in the raw state, however, the powerberry convinces the at least sweet cats. Of course, that doesn't mean you can't eat them if you like it bitterly.
Whether as a jam, as a fresh drink in the iced egg or as a vitamin booster in a smoothie, you can refine your recipes with the aronia berry at will. We wish you a lot of fun trying it out.Full power with nature ahead.