Fruit is one of summer’s greatest gifts, and if you grow your own, you might be wondering how to handle your bounty. For at least two-thousand years, people have been preserving fruits with sugar. The earliest known recipe was recorded by the Greeks for fruit cooked in honey. More complex methods for preserving fruits were brought to Europe from the Middle East during the Middle Ages, and when cane sugar arrived in Europe, we saw the creation of jams and jellies like we have today.
Though it might seem a little confusing, the distinctions are quite simple. Jelly is made with just fruit juice, while jams and preserves are made with the fruit and juice, and have a more varied texture. Whether you prefer jelly or jam, you can enjoy them made with almost any fruit. Adding Aronia berries to your recipes will make them flavorful and more nutritious. If you don't have an Aronia bush out back, consider using Superberries Aroniaberry Concentrate or Frozen Aronia berries.
1. Traditional Aronia Berry Preserves
This old-fashioned recipe requires a little bit of canning know-how and can be made with fresh Aronia berries or with frozen, available from Superberries.com. It includes ginger and citrus zest, but you can try different fruits to enhance the flavor of the subtle Aronia berry. https://foragerchef.com/simple-chokeberry-aronia-preserves/
2. Aronia Berry Jelly
Aronia berry concentrate from Superberries is perfect for this simple jelly recipe. This is an easy one to help you learn canning skills or to do with children. https://www.superberries.com/aroniaberry-jelly-made-with-aroniaberry-concentrate
3. Easy Berry Jam
Cooking with Aronia berries is similar to cooking with blueberries, so you can substitute frozen Aronia berries into this recipe or divide your berry content four ways. Either way, you’ll have a delicious jam, packed with nutrients. https://www.foodiecrush.com/20-minute-berry-jam/
4. Rhubarb-Aronia Refrigerator Jelly
This recipe combines two bright flavors of summer. Rhubarb is abundant at grocery stores and farmers markets now, and you can use fresh or frozen Aroniaberries or berry concentrate to make this easy refrigerator jelly. https://barhamgardens.wixsite.com/barhamgardens/aronia-jams-sauces-syrups
5. Strawberry-Aronia Berry Freezer Jam
Replace the water in this easy recipe with Aronia berry juice to add extra nutrients and zing to this easy-to-make no-cook jam. https://www.thepioneerwoman.com/food-cooking/recipes/a87928/how-to-make-no-cook-freezer-jam/
6. Honey-Ginger Aronia Berry Sauce
Though not technically a jam or jelly, this sauce can take the place of your favorite syrups or fruit sauces. Drizzle over pancakes, waffles, or ice cream for a special treat. https://www.willystreet.coop/recipes/recipe/631-honey-ginger-aronia-berry-sauce
7. Small Batch Blueberry or Aronia berry Jam
If you don’t have a lot of time, but want to make a quick accompaniment for brunch or filling to make your cake more fancy, try this recipe. You can substitute frozen Aronia berries for the blueberries. This one does not require extra pectin or time to set. https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/239514/easy-small-batch-blueberry-jam/
No matter which recipe you try, you can’t go wrong. Experiment with your favorite flavors and colors to make delicious, beautiful, and nutritious treats for your family this summer. Don’t forget that Superberries has Aronia Berry Concentrate and Frozen Aronia Berries to help you jazz up all of your recipes.