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Choke Berry (Aronia Prunefolia 'Viking') Fruit Spread (jam)

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today I harvested the ripe Chokeberries and had a go at making a fruit spread with them. I put them in a saucepan wit a whole bottle of fresh apple juice, and boiled until the liquid had reduced down and setting point achieved (until the liquid coated the back of a metal spoon without running off). It worked! And the family have just approved the results too! So next year, when the bushes have grown a bit, I might be able to make more than half a jar! :))

For more information on the health benefits of this berry please refer to..

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/chokeberry.html

Berries ripening on my Aronia shrubs. When ripe, they are black.

The results!

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I've not heard of Choke Berries before Karen....hope no one does choke on them!

24 Aug, 2015

 

Ha ha Paul. They are known as Choke berries because they are a bit tart. They certainly wouldn't choke me though. I like them! I would happily eat them raw. When fully ripe they taste similar to Pomegranate in my view. These berries are native to Canada and the northern USA. They have incredible health benefits and are being developed for treating Cancer. They are ideal candidates for Scotland, as they enjoy our conditions. They are all the rage among fruit growers, and a local farmer s been growing them for a well known supermarket. I bought mine from Primrose, but other suppliers do offer smaller plants. They are lovely plants with really pretty flowers and a shrubby habit. To about 4m eventually. Mine are in large pots and I might get OH to make bigger planters for them. Or I might put them in the ground eventually.

24 Aug, 2015

 

How much apple juice to what weight of fruit please? My OH can't have refined sugar so I use a lot of apple juice for sweetening - usually get the concentrated one from health shops. I'd love to make him some jam but am afraid to waste it all through getting the proportions wrong.

24 Aug, 2015

 

Cant really help you Stera, as it was a totally unweighed, unscientific experiment. Suugest you google sugar-free jam recipe. I always buy Saint Dalfour jam and Marmalade, which is sweetened with apple juice, so thats how I got the idea. Sorry I cant be more help. Hope you find some better info. Concentrated juice sounds a much better way to do it. :)

24 Aug, 2015

 

OH has St Dalfour too. I've never had the courage to experiment in case everything was wasted. Must take a deep breath and get on with it!

24 Aug, 2015

 

Yes, just start with small quantity and experiment. :)

24 Aug, 2015

 

Wow, I had no idea they were edible. I know they are used to make dye and ink but I just leave them for the birds. Can I eat them straight off the bush?

24 Aug, 2015

 

Straight off the bush yes, but then you will find out how they got the name Choke Berry. They are very tart and bitter eaten raw. You will find them more tasty if made into a jam or jelly.

25 Aug, 2015

 

ok thanks

25 Aug, 2015

 

I haven't heard of them either Karen ! I think I'll pass on the jam making though !

25 Aug, 2015

 

I bought two of them a few months ago, Karen. They are very small plants at the moment. I bought them because their leaves turn red in the autumn as well as for the berries.

25 Aug, 2015

 

Good job Michaella. Bathgate, I'm glad you know! Google them, you'll be amazed how good for you they are!

25 Aug, 2015

 

There's a lot of them near my house, but I don't know diddly about making jam.

25 Aug, 2015

 

Its very easy if you don't mind using real sugar. PM me for details or look for a preserves cookbook in the library - better than Google in this instance as you can compare and flip pages more easily.

25 Aug, 2015

 

If you don't have access to these berries or you are a fail at cooking, I would suggest you find a store that sells choke berry supplement or extract and take it on a regular basis. It really is beneficial to your health in many ways.

25 Aug, 2015

 

I have a few cookbooks, thanks Stera

25 Aug, 2015

 

Get jammming then Bathgate!

25 Aug, 2015

 

I'm not making jam. Forget it.

25 Aug, 2015

 

Forget what...

26 Aug, 2015

 

Hadn't heard of them either but very interesting info, Karen. Doesn't cooking them remove all the benefits tho?

28 Aug, 2015

 

I did wonder about that GF. I'm not sure.

28 Aug, 2015

 

I'd love to try it. I wonder if you can make something with the stems. They are soft and fleshy - like celery. I'm sure they are full of flavor too.

28 Aug, 2015

 

Stems and roots are somewhat toxic as well as the sap and seeds. Don't try eating these raw or cooked, if you do,you are taking a chance making yourself sick.

29 Aug, 2015

 

Thanks for that info loostrife!

29 Aug, 2015

 

Thank you Cottagekaren. An alternative to boiling, if one is worried about loosing the benefits to this or other berries is to place them, after rinsing them off, in a garlic press and giving it a good squeeze to get the juice out. After squeezing remove the pulp skin and seeds and repeat. It takes a bit of time if you have a good amount of berries but this way you avoid the worry about loosing its health benefits. Now what you have in the glass is a juice (if you used chokeberries )with a really big PUCKER FACTOR so I recommend mixing it with apple, grape, or cranberry juice to sweeten. Mixing it with pomegranate juice is as good as it gets for health benefits or you might create a super health cocktail with a bit of this and a bit of that. I might add that to get an adequate amount of juice this way you will need about a pound of berries of whatever kind used.

29 Aug, 2015

 

The birds go crazy for them. I'm competing with cardinals, lol!

29 Aug, 2015

 

Thanks Loostrife :)

29 Aug, 2015

 

After five years, I have enough berries for a fairies tea party. That is after finally identifying the bush. I had a devil of a time getting it going...so good luck and good grief to all of you who are making jam. I will now look at the health benefits. thanks for all the information, though.

20 Sep, 2015

 

:)

20 Sep, 2015

 

I only have one young plant with a long stem so think it will be a while b4 I see any berries but I do like the idea of juicing them ( in a juicer) & of the fruit spread you made, Karen, that doesn't sound too hard at all rather than jam. What did you put it on?

20 Sep, 2015

 

Bread! :)) Would be nice on porridge or oat cakes too. :)

21 Sep, 2015

 

.... or even ice cream or yoghurt :)

21 Sep, 2015

 

Oh yes, greek yoghurt!

21 Sep, 2015

 

:)

21 Sep, 2015

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