Aronia berries a.k.a chokeberries are dark purple, almost black berries that visually look similar to blueberries.
Fresh ones are very astringent and sour, with a hint of sweetness that’s brought out through cooking. Dried aronia berries express mild sweetness along with a tart with a tannic aftertaste. All of it will make your mouth pucker. It is hard to consume them raw. Of course you can make some nice smoothies with a combination of bananas, aronias etc. But in dessert recipes, be sure to taste for proper sweetness and add natural sweeteners if needed.
In my recipe, which you will find below, I made a slightly juicy aronia jam in its most natural form, avoiding adding any additives such as pectin. You can prepare it in advance and store it in your fridge and use it for sweetening by pouring it on the porridge you will make in the morning.
250g aronia berries
1 cup water
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp grated ginger
150g coconut sugar
1. Grate your ginger, lemon zest and place in the lime juice, add the coconut sugar, stir well.
2. In a deep pot, add the aronia berries, cover with 1 cup water. Cook on medium-low heat until they are soften and absorbs the water.
3. Then add the ginger lime mixture over the aroniaberries. Stir well.
4. Place your jam in a clean jar, close the lid.
5. Place the jar in a deep pot, cover with water, cook on low heat for 30 minutes.