Aronia is native to northeastern regions of the US that stretch as far west as the Great Lakes area and as far south as the northern Appalachian Mountains. The local Potawatomi Indians traditionally used aronia in a tea to cure colds. The berries were also used to make pemmican, a truly nutritious, survival food. It was made from fat, crushed, dried meat and sometimes berries, to combine energy, strength and health benefits. This power food could last for years without refrigeration!
You may wonder why this monster machine is required to pick Aronia off the bushes. The main reason lies in the high yields of the bush which grows 3 to 8 ft (1 to 2.5 meters) in height. One mature Aronia bush can produce about 30 lbs or 13.5 Kg of berries on average. The branches tend to bend down under the berries weight. Therefore a special harvester with wide-open “mouth” is necessary to make sure all berries are grabbed on the bush, from head to toe!
Code-named ARONADE 44, our pure organic Aronia-Strawberry juice blend will be coming up next. Given the consistent demand for this mix and the popularity of strawberry, this antioxidant, anti-inflammatory juice blend is a tasty winner! And still with no sugar added whatsoever. The exact proportion, and therefore the name of the bottle, will be known after we test several combination and pick the best tasting one. Please stay tuned by visiting our Facebook page.
At the foot of the southern side of the Balkan mountain, just a few kilometers away from our berry crops, lays the famous “Rose Valley”. The valley is famed for being the largest rose oil producer (85% of the world’s production). During harvest time in May and June, one can smell a pleasant rose scent when wandering in the area. Roses have been cultivated there for centuries due to an ideal terroir. The Rose Valley is now protected by the European PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) label because of the unique Bulgarian rose’s characteristics and local geographical traits. Festivals celebrate the Bulgarian rose and rose oil each year.
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