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!