Aronia Berry Syrup

Aronia Berry Syrup - a perfect balance between sweet and tart, with a nostalgic rich flavor.

We had fun using this unique ingredient, Aronia Berries, in this syrup.

 

 

We grew up in the Midwest with relatives who loved to explore the many parks, country roads and outdoor spaces that are just minutes away. One of the earliest memories of outdoor adventures is of walking down a country road gathering wild fruit. These were wild plums, mulberries and choke cherries to be used in homemade jams and occasionally some homemade hootch!

 

 

The jams made from our wild fruits were delicious and were what both of us grew up eating on our PB&J’s until we went to college. These jams were delicious, a wonderful combination of tart and sweet, and those flavors have stuck with us.

 

 

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Aronia Berry Syrup on ice cream in wooden bowl. Aronia berry bottle and bag in background with ice cream container

 

 

What is the Aronia Berry?

One of those flavors was the aronia berry, a small dark purple berry that grows wild in the woods all through the Midwest and is sometimes called the chokeberry. Originally cultivated as an ornamental plant, its berry tart and so astringent it wasn’t something that was considered overly palatable.

 

 

 

 

 

But when research found that the berries held more anti-oxidants than other superfoods, Aronia berries became the next big superfruit to hit the market.

 

 

 

Aronia Berry Syrup on ice cream in a wooden bowl with ice cream in background

 

 

 

Aronia Berries

We were approached by Whole Foods Market to come up with some recipes using local products for the upcoming summer months. One of the products they provided for us was Aronia berries from Sawmill Hollow Farms, the first aronia berry farm in America, which just happened to be located just across the Missouri River from us. Located in the Loess Hills of Iowa, Sawmill Hollow Farms was founded by the Pittz family in 1997 as a way to return to their family roots.

 

 

 

They started out farming the aronia berry as it was a crop that fit well with their hilly location and limited acreage. The Pittz family has been at the forefront of the movement to cultivate the these Aronia berries and make it accessible to small family farmers while making it a commercial success.

 

 

 

Aronia Berry Syrup on ice cream in a wooden bowl. Aronia berry bottle and bag in back with flowers

 

 

 

What to do with Aronia Berries?

We wanted to try to recreate that nostalgic flavor of those wild fruit jams, but in an aronia berry syrup. Also, we knew that the tart berries would need sugar to balance the tart astringent nature of the berries. So, we used some of Sawmill Hollow Farm’s whole Aronia Berries combined with sugar to make a sweet syrup. Then we still wanted the syrup to have just a hint of the “choke” so we used the Aronia Berry Juice Concentrate to bring a real depth of flavor to the syrup.

 

 

This syrup has a rich complex sweetness that is almost like a rich red wine, with a hint of dryness. It still has enough sweetness to balance the tart, too. The flavor has a real old fashioned flavor that is reminiscent of those old homemade jams. Also, it is perfect for using on dishes like pancakes, spread on toast or even better, on top of a rich vanilla ice cream!  We hope you enjoy!

 

 

Can Simple Syrups go bad?

They can get moldy if they sit too long. We encourage you to store it in the fridge in an airtight container but for no more than one to two weeks. We actually have a whole shelf of simple syrups in our fridge at any given time!

 

 

 

Cheers!

 

 

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Other Aronia Berry Recipes

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Yield: 1

Aronia Berry Syrup

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Chokeberry simple syrup, a sour and sweet syrup great for desserts or cocktails.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 cup Aronia berries
  • 1 Tbsp Aronia berry concentrate

Instructions

Heat all ingredients in a saucepan until boiling.

Lower heat to a simmer and reduce down until liquid has thickened and the Aronia berries have split.

Strain through a fine mesh sieve.

Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1mg Carbohydrates: 26.6g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 26.6g Protein: 0g

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23 thoughts on “Aronia Berry Syrup

  1. I grow aronia berry bushes and we will be harvesting soon. I make a syrup just like yours along with several other recipes you can find on my blog. Midwest is great!

  2. Nice pics!
    Some aronia berries are less astringent and don’t need sweeteners. A terroir with generous heat and sunshine will give more naturally-occurring sugar within the berries. It’s important since added sugar offsets the health properties of aronia.

  3. Thanks for the idea! I still have half of my harvest sitting in my freezer trying to figure out what to do with it…now I know!

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