Dried Aronia berries: uses and nutritional benefits

Aronia berries are, as the name suggests, the fruit of the Aronia tree. This shrub belongs to the Rosaceae family, so the little berry is a cousin of apples and raspberries. The shrub is widespread in North America and Eastern Europe. There are two types of Aronia: red and black. Here we offer you black Aronia berries. At first glance, they could be mistaken for blueberries. However, the taste is quite specific: sour, raspy, astringent and bitter are the flavors that best define it. Once dried, the Aronia berry becomes softer and brings out its sweetness. Thanks to its concentrated nutrients, it is known as the "healing plant". Indeed, the Aronia berry is one of the richest berries in phytonutrients, and more precisely in anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are resistant to acidic pH and drying of the fruit, which allows them to be preserved in the dried berry. Not only do they give the berries their special color, but they are also powerful antioxidants. Latin name: Aronia melanocarpa Michx Eliot. Botanical family: Rosaceae. Part used: Fruit.

Recommended consumption

The dried Aronia berry is a dry fruit. It therefore contains more sugar than a fresh Aronia Berry, the recommendations for daily consumption are defined. As a classic cure or for pleasure, 20 to 30 g of dried Aronia berries per day, or a handful.

In what form?

To make the most of their benefits, you can use them :

  • Whole
At what time of day?

We advise you to use them during the following meal(s) to take full advantage of their benefits:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Dinner
What modes of use?

You can incorporate them into the following preparations to make them easier to take:

  • Dessert
  • Yoghurt, dairy
  • Dish
  • Only
  • Mixed with other dried fruits
  • Smoothies, juices
  • Infusion
  • Muesli

Health Nutrition Benefits

Aronia berries can complement your healthy and varied diet.

Ocular system

The anthocyanins contained in Aronia berries help maintain good vision.


Thanks to the fibers, the dried Aronia berries limit the disorders of the glycemia and the cholesterol level. Indeed, fibers slow down and decrease the intestinal absorption of glucose and dietary cholesterol. Moreover, dried Aronia berries are a bomb of antioxidants. They contribute to the prevention of atheromatous plaques.

Digestive system

Through its fiber content, Aronia berries stimulate intestinal transit (see our guide constipation and diet). They would also protect the liver from heavy metals, thanks to the anthocyanins they contain.

Nutritional properties

  • Blood sugar control (fiber): studies show that dried Aronia berries would decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Moreover, thanks to the fiber, the sugars naturally contained in Aronia berries are absorbed slowly. Thus, they will contribute to the post-prandial rebalancing of blood sugar levels.
  • Hepatoprotective (anthocyanin): dried Aronia berries would intervene in liver detoxification. This property is conferred by the anthocyanins: they chelate Cadmium, a metal ion.
  • Cardiovascular protector (fiber, anthocyanin): dried Aronia berries are low in sodium and saturated fatty acid. Therefore, they act in prevention of cardiovascular pathologies (hypertension, hypercholesterolemia...). Moreover, they limit the absorption of cholesterol thanks to the fibers they contain. In addition, in vitro experiments show that the polyphenols in Aronia berries contribute to the protection and restoration of endothelial cells (cells that line the blood vessels).
  • Antioxidant (anthocyanin): dried Aronia berries are packed with anthocyanins, phytonutrients. These neutralize free radicals.
  • Photoprotective (anthocyanin): dried Aronia berries are said to improve visual acuity, thanks to their anthocyanin content.
  • Laxative (fiber): rich in fiber, dried Aronia berries improve digestive transit.

Nutritional values

*Recommended Daily Allowance

Learn more about the plant : Aronia

Aronia is a shrub in the Rosaceae family. Native to North America, this shrub over 2 m tall was introduced to Eastern Europe, Asia and Russia in the early XXᵉ century. There are several species of Aronia, including "Viking", which is said to be the best known. It is valued for its decorative appearance, as its dark green foliage turns bright orange in the fall. Fun fact, the berries of the Aronia are named "Chokeberry" in English, because birds would tend to choke on them.

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