Black Chokeberry, Black-seeded Chokeberry ARONIA melanocarpa - Photinia melanocarpa
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Black Chokeberry, Black-seeded Chokeberry
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Growing Info, follow in order:
Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
cold stratify for 90 -120 days.
sow seed 1/16" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* The chokeberries ( Aronia ) are two to three species of deciduous shrubs in the family Rosaceae , native to eastern North America . They are most commonly found in wet woods and swamps. Chokeberries are cultivated as ornamental plants and also because they are very high in antioxidant pigment compounds, like anthocyanins.
* Black berries; good groundcover; suckers extensively into large plants; fall color can be a wine red; native to eastern half of U.S.
* The fruits are eaten by birds (birds do not taste astringency and feed on them readily), which then disperse the seeds in their droppings. more...
* The fruit is eaten cooked. 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 etc. Pectin is also said to protect the body against radiation.
* Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in pots outdoors or in a cold frame. Pre-soak stored seed overnight and then cold stratify for 3 months at 2°c. The seed germinates in 1 - 3 months at 15°c. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant out in late spring. more...
The small dark berries of the Aronia melanocarpa plant are packed with nutrients and antioxidants, such as vitamin C and anthocyanins, in some countries, dried Aronia berries are used to make antioxidant-rich herbal tea. The fruit is used in baking, jams, jellies, syrup, wine, and tea. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.