A new alternative crop is being studied by UME for organic fruit production. The Black Chokeberry or Aronia, to which it is commonly referred, is an eastern U.S native with a long history of fruit production in Eastern Europe. The Aronia fruit is about the size of a large blueberry and comes in clusters of about 10 to 20, making them relatively easy to pick. A mature plant (about 7 to 8 years) can yield over 15 lbs., but they start fruiting (averaging 3 or 4 lbs of fruit per plant) within two growing seasons after planting.
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