Thursday, November 4, 2010


Black chokeberries or aronia berries, have so many health benefits that I won't even bother to list them all, but cancer, heart disease, and kidney problems are three issues they may address.

Serviceberries (also called Saskatoonberry or Juneberry)  from the amelanchier shrub/tree have very similar properties and health benefits to blueberries.  And don't forget the valuable Elderberry!

Red raspberries and strawberries have over-the-top nutritional benefits too.  

In general, eating berries is an excellent idea and mixing them up and eating them in season is smartest. All of these berries are native or naturalized in the US, so consider growing them or picking them in the wild -- certainly the best way to insure freshness and lack of pesticides.

Note:  As a long-time garden center owner/operator I can tell you that blueberry, chokeberry (aronia), and serviceberry (amelanchier), and elderberry plants are quite ornamental and turn lovely colors in the fall making them both useful for eating and landscaping.   

Raspberries and blackberries need more care.  They are thorny, not very attractive, and can quickly spread out of control.  Prepare them a bed of their own, away from other plants.  

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