Hedging a bet on the aronia berry in America
It is a microcosm of US history of the past few generations or so--this super berry which is native to North America gets ignored and uprooted. Sent over seas for the fruits of American labor to be stomped on elsewhere. The Russians and North Europeans are like hey 'merca we'll take that over for you. You have enough on your hands cutting down all your natural spaces to make way for Chinese plastics...becomes the sad sales pitch of the GEN X petrol mania.
If you will recall aronia berry juice is being sold to upscale 🇺🇸 nutrition stores as a super power nutrition juice by the 1970s. The aronia berries to make this juice are being grown in Russia and northern Europe. Then the juice is shipped to 'merca at a super high cost not to mention the environmental impact of shipping across the world the grand elixir of our very own mother berry.
Alas some call her a chokeberry and indeed she's a native. One of the easiest berries to grow you'll ever lay hands on. Freeze tolerant and grows in zones 3-8 in a wide range of soils. Full sun works best for sweeter berries. Also drought tolerant once established. An excellent hedge crop. Easier to grow than the blueberry and offers the most nutrition of any berry bar none of them.
Aronia berry can be made into wine, jam, syrup. Below (see photos) I picked some and included with blueberries. Was absolutely stunning today sprinkled across some ice cream. Yum and run don't walk to make this part of your wonderland gardening!!!