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Can you imagine growing fruit with no pesticides, no trucking from California, no shipping from the equator, and no tilling the soil? We can and do with Aronia, a berry native to Iowa that is increasingly being grown by small farmers. Resistant to infestation and disease, Aronia is also a perennial, so it requires far less agricultural inputs to keep producing. On top of that, a well-balanced diet that includes adequate anthocyanidins found in Aronia contributes to the prevention of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Aronia’s antioxidants are truly one of the highest in anthocyanidins among all the world’s fruits. Try Aronia today and start leading a healthier, more sustainable LIFE brought to you by family farmers in Iowa.
Alright, first and formost, how does one begin to incorporate fresh Aronia into their diet? Here is my dad Trent's advice. "Start by adding just a few Aronias mixed with blueberries to your morning cereal. After a day or two increase to an equal portion Aronia-blueberry combo. Soon you will prefer Aronia without blueberries." Try just one purchase of Aronia and be patient. I promise you will never look back once you make the transition to more nutritious, chemical free, and locally grown Aronia. You will FEEL the difference! Want more reasons to choose Aronia, read on.
At Levi’s Indigenous Fruit Enterprises, we supply wholesome fresh aronia berries to local markets. Unprocessed fruit is where the nutrition lies, so that is what we hold most dear within our mission. Our kids (ages 3 and 5) love fresh aronia berries often eating them by the handful at meals and for snacks. Fully ripe Aronias are raisinlike and have a balanced sweet-tart flavor. When I hear people describe aronia as an acquired taste, I am reminded we first un-aquired it with the highly sweetened processed foods which we have become accustomed. Maybe that is the reason kids, with their natural calibration for wholesome nutritious food still intact, love aronia berries so much. Look for our fresh and frozen aronia berries at local farmer’s markets and grocery stores listed below.
Iowa’s Aronia Industry
While Iowa’s aronia industry is in its infancy, we are excited for what lies ahead for this previously obscure little berry. There are more than 1 million aronia bushes currently growing in the Midwest (about 2,000 acres) 60 percent are in Iowa. Iowa’s aronia berries will resonate through the economy by creating jobs on small farmer and in food processing and handling . That’s not to speak of the positive effect nutritionally dense aronia berries have on health and well-being. Also, much of the investment in aronia berry products will come into Iowa from other states and internationally. The overall economic impact over the next decade could mean astronomical things to Iowa’s fabric of small communities. It seems the natural order of nature that Iowa develop infrastructure to process this little, formerly obscure, berry that is native to our prairies. After all, aronia berries have the highest antioxidants among all the world’s fruits.
Look for this sign at locations carrying our Aronia Berries. View our growing list of stores below.