'Nero' Black Chokeberry
Large Fruited- Prolific- High in anti-oxidants
Like the name suggests, the chokeberry is an astringent fruit with a strong flavor. Processed with apple, plum or blueberry and a little sugar the flavor mellows like a tart blueberry. The dark purple juice is used in sports drinks under the name Aronia. High in minerals, iron, anthocyanins. Said to improve circulation and increase mental alertness. This plant is easy to cultivate and produces clusters of dark purple astringent fruit. Nero is a German selection and is extremely productive with large fruit twice that of what you find in the wild. Nero is the most productive of all selections and can be grown from seed.
Plant SpecsGenus & Species:
Aronia melanocarpaSeed Source:
Does best in moist acidic soil but tolerates sandy dry soils.Climate:
Kind of cool season plant for wetlands or areas of high humidity. Appears to be adaptable under cultivation.Ease of Cultivation:
In 2-3 years plant flower and fruit profusely. Somewhat shade tolerant.