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What do do with aronia?

 
John Saltveit
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We mix aronia with orange juice to make a very healthy and delicious fruit shake. They are very productive and trouble free. They have high vitamin C and antioxidants. Berries like these which have been bred less into sweet pablum have more nutrition. I have grafted pears onto them and crabapples, both successfully. I have also grafted mountain ash and shipova fruit onto them. Shipova are commercially grafted onto them. I think they make a great plant to put in between fruit trees to aid diversity. Say in between two cherry trees or in between a paw paw and a mulberry. Nero was selected for flavor and productivity. So was Viking. . They are larger and softer, and I think better flavored than the species. You can get varieties like "autumn magic" which are selected for bright fall leaf color.
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Lance Kleckner
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I like the ornamental aspect more than the edibility.
 
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