Interesting…I thought maybe it was the addition of the other fruit and the sugar…the astringency was still there but it was greatly mellowed.
I think it tasted fruitier too. And the texture improved with the sediment settling. I used a masticating juicer. This year a used a steam juicer and canned it, and it didn’t taste that great. Similar to bottled straight juice I’ve bought before.
In the 80s there used to be an aronia juice cocktail available at Costco, similar to what Ocean Spray does with cranberries, and it was delicious. So I came into this as an adult prejudiced in favor of aronia.
The aronia harvest grows every year but they can be difficult to sell. This year that may not be the case with shortages on everything. Aronia are popular in many other countries like Russia. In the USA they are used exclusively for juice. The berries are ultra healthy like elderberries but with a higher orac content. At this point I’m not sure I would tell anyone to plant more than they consume around home.
Really enjoyed reading this thread. Who knows how all the multiple agricultural shortages will play out and how it will affect demand. I hope you get a windfall out of it one way or another😎
Thanks @Reg Agriculture is a gamble but time will tell.
I don’t know how large the demand is for aronia berries for wine making but there may be a market there. Also sellers of frozen and dried aronia berries may or may not need them from independent growers.
I only have one aronia tree so the berries are in big demand by the birds who steal them.
Literally i grow thousands of pounds of aronia. I’m searching for buyers now before September arrives. The bushes are heavy with berries. One brewery was making an aronia beer that was a popular fad for 2 years but now i think wheat beers are king. The juice bars went out all together and the owners changed to alcohol I’m told. At one time I had a deal with superberries which is now under different management. The berries are very important for juice blends but finding the buyer is not always easy with speciality crops. Here is more information Grow Aronia Berry for Health and Profit - Homestead Hustle
Do you process the berries first? If you process them yourself what do you do? I found these storage bags on AliExpress it would make juice pasteurization and storage easier.
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Normally sell bulk in food grade bags. When we pick the berries there is a bag lining the bucket which once the bucket is full we pull the bag out tie it off and repeat. We also weigh the berries.
I finally got a little that I will be able to harvest this year. I’ve had this Viking for like 5 years, but it’s probably in a bad spot (too shady, perhaps). I’m planning on taking cuttings and planting them in a sunnier location.
I’m planning on making a tincture with them… thinking about the wine too.
I like aronia juice in coke, sometimes with a little vodka or whiskey…