A new alternative crop is being studied by University of Maryland Extension for organic fruit production. The Black Chokeberry or Aronia, of which it is commonly referred, is an eastern U.S native with a long history of fruit production in Eastern Europe. Plant breeders in Eastern Europe recognized this plant's potential and created hybrids for larger fruit and yields. The Aronia fruit is loaded with antioxidents; far more than a blueberry. This makes Aronia highly marketable, but as of yet, the fruit is relatively unknown to consumers. Farmers grow this fruit in throughout the United States. This website has been developed to assist Aronia growers and those interested in knowing more about the fruit.
This research has been funded in part by the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology and we are grateful.