from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various deciduous shrubs of the genus Aronia in the rose family, native to eastern North America and having clusters of white or pinkish flowers and small red or black applelike fruit. Chokeberries are sometimes classified in the genus Photinia.
  • noun The fruit of any of these plants.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The plant Pyrus arbutifolia, a low rosaceous shrub of North America, or its very astringent berry-like fruit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) The small apple-shaped or pear-shaped fruit of an American shrub (Pyrus arbutifolia) growing in damp thickets; also, the shrub.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Either of two species of deciduous shrubs in the family Rosaceae, native to Russia and eastern North America and most commonly found in wet woods and swamps.
  • noun The fruit of such a shrub.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From its bitter fruit.]


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  • Flavonoids with vines secured tightly around their ankles Aronia: Also known as the chokeberry, Aronia are a large group of phytonutrients that are for safety to pick the nutritious and powerful is a glossy, bluish-black or red fruit with a de ned by color.

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  • (Like acai, aronia, also known as chokeberry, has lots of antioxidants, as signaled by its deep purple color.)

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  • Mr. Cowell, 51 years old, sipped on his specially formulated antiaging smoothie, which he drinks daily, made with imported lingonberry, acerola berry, chokeberry and aronia juice flown in specially from exotic locations.

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  • They are found in such fruits as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, black raspberries, black currants, açai, and chokeberry and vegetables including red cabbage, watercress, and eggplant.

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  • The Green Man recommends incorporating 'Iroquois Beauty' black chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa ‘Morton’ into clients' landscaping designs.


  • As if their minds were connected, the bear shook its head then dropped to all fours, tearing through the chokeberry and cliff rose at a speed belying its size.

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  • No research on H5N1 was found pertaining to chokeberry but it is extremely high in antioxidants and other beneficial compounds.

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  • Anthocyanins, found in particularly high levels in berries such as blackberry, cranberry and chokeberry, have been shown to help significantly slow the growth of colon cancer cells.

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  • Resveratrol, found in red wine, peanuts, red grape juice, mulberry, raisins, red grapes, Japanese Knotwood and possibly chokeberry (aronia melonacarpa) has antiviral properties and sends messages to the cells to stop producing viruses.

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  • Third, "Aronia" is neutral and doesn't conjure up the negative assciations of "chokeberry."



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