Berries as Bold as You Are

1. Battle Berries, Chokeberries, Aronia berries…what’s the difference?

Aronia berries (Aronia melanocarpa) and black chokeberries are one and the same, just different names for the same food. Battle Berries is the brand name for our unprocessed, frozen aronia berries that have had their freshness and natural goodness locked in and ready to help you recover from your next workout. (But aronia berries aren’t chokecherries. Don’t call them that. They hate it when you call them that.)

2. How many Aronia Berries equal one serving size?

Berries come in a variety of size classifications, from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup). However, because of the aronia berry’s power-packed potency, one serving size of fresh berries is equal to 1/4 cup or about 21 berries. That’s around 20 calories, with no fat, cholesterol, or sodium. One serving also contains dietary fiber, is low in carbohydrates, and actually contains protein.  Now are you seeing why these are considered a superfood?

3. How do Aronia Berries reduce muscle soreness and speed recovery?

Beats us. But we’re in good company, because researchers aren’t sure either. Scientists suspect that it’s simply because they’re so high in antioxidants.  When compared to blueberries, which until recently had been considered the world’s most powerful superfood, aronia berries have 400% more antioxidants. (Take that, “blueberry-capitol-of-the-world,” Hammonton, New Jersey!)  These little berries are literally off the charts and have redefined what nutritionists and doctors have considered the most powerful superfoods. You can’t live on aronia berries alone—keep eating your salmon and almonds—but these little berries will recharge your body and reenergize your workout.  To see a comparison chart showing the levels of antioxidants in the leading superfoods, be sure to check out the ORAC chart . Wait, isn’t ORAC some type of vacuum?

4. What does ORAC mean?

ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is a method of determining the antioxidant capacity of foods, used by the USDA through 2012. Antioxidants are those free-radical fighters that you might have heard of, and our berries are off the charts. They work on your insides while your work on your outsides.

5. What’s up with anthocyanin, flavonoids, and polyphenols?

Remember that old childhood tongue-twister, “Anthocyanin is a type of flavonoid, which is a type of polyphenols, which is an antioxidant and are measured by their Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity as based on the Trolox equivalent of μmol per 100 g.” No? Huh, must have just been my school.

Anyway, anthocyanin is a flavonoid. Aronia berries are nearly black because of the concentration of anthocyanin in the skin. Anthocyanin is like the sunscreen of the plant world. Plants produce it in order to protect their seed’s cells from ultraviolet radiation, and it’s just one of the organic chemicals known as flavonoids that Battle Berries can claim top prize in. In fact, Aronia berries bring home the trophy in just about every polyphenol test.

6. What do antioxidants do?

Ever hear of Vitamin C? Vitamin E? Just two antioxidants that our bodies can’t do without. Research on the benefits of antioxidants seems to be growing every day as more and more studies reveal the causes of diseases like cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants have been shown to fight free radicals in our bodies, which can lead to many chronic diseases. Battle Berries are off the ORAC chart in antioxidants (Scientists had to fix this by making the chart a lot bigger. Science!)

7. Is there a difference between a Battle Berry and a fresh aronia berry?

From the moment any fruit is picked, it can begin losing its vitamins and nutrients.  That’s why we make sure that our berries are washed and frozen within three hours of being picked.  This locks in their potency and keeps them from losing their valuable nutrients.  While it may seem like eating fresh berries would be the healthier option, that’s simply not the case.  Fresh produce, unless it’s purchased directly from your local farmer, was likely picked more than a week earlier, well before it was ripe.  Consequently, it has lost (or more likely never even received) most of its nutrients. Freezing them within hours locks in the nutrition and saves more of the nutrients for you.

8. What is the shelf life?

When kept frozen between 0 and -10 degrees F (-18 to -23 degrees C), Battle Berries’ fresh-frozen aronia berries should stay potent and intense for up to 24 months.  But, if you’re like most people who experience the amazing muscle recovery and other benefits after eating just one handful of them, you’ll likely be worried about getting your hands on more of them…. and not worrying about how long they’ll last.

Even though they are shipped to you in a Styrofoam cooler with ice packs, some thawing will naturally occur during shipping, but not to worry. Simply put them right into your home freezer and you’ll be fine.

9. Where do Aronia Berries grow?

Believe it or not, Aronia Berries can grow nearly anywhere.  They’re native to North America and Europe but can be grown in most arid climates. New plants take at least three years to start producing, which explains their limited availability even as they become more and more appreciated by health enthusiasts.

10.  Do you ship worldwide?

At this point, Battle Berries are only available within the United States.  We have plans to expand our shipping internationally, so check back often.

11. Do you have recipes?

The best way to ingest Battle Berries is to man-up and choke them down. But we also want you to enjoy them throughout your day and on the go, so you can visit our recipe page to make power bars and other Paleo goodies.

12. Can they be refrozen?

Yes, and that’s what makes Battle-sicles one of our favorite aronia snacks. Not only nutritious but good for a little backyard fencing match.

13. How do I remove stains from my clothes?

Check on YouTube for “Martha Stewart spills aronia berry shake.” It doesn’t exist, but we’re curious about what you’ll find.

14. Are there books about Aronia Berries?

We found two!

“The Power of Nature – Aronia Melanocarpa (Aroniaberry/Chokeberry)”, by Author and Professor Dr. Iwona Wawer as well as,

“A is for Aronia: A Guide for Black Chokeberry Edibles and Sundries” by Cheryl Saker

Both are available at Amazon.com and offers many uses for chokeberries, even beyond their food use.

15. Are Battle Berries organic?

You probably know by now that the term “all-natural” on a product is meaningless. “All-natural” foods and beverages can be filled with corn syrup, fillers, and bug juice (look it up!). While Battle Berries aren’t currently labeled organic, they are without a doubt the most natural way to get the ultimate highly concentrated punch of antioxidants into your system.

16. So what do they taste like?

Shoot, we knew you were going to ask that. Well, you know the taste of a fully-ripe peach picked straight off the tree followed by a nice steak? Yeah, that’s not it. There’s not an aronia berry around that tastes like happy. But we’re not selling you movie candy, we’re selling you a workout tool and a  nutritional turbo boost!

The “taste experts” of the world will tell you it’s an “astringent” flavor that can leave your mouth feeling “dry” like a fine “dry” wine.

Nature made what might be the perfect food, so we’re not going to question the taste.

17. Any side effects?

From what we (and research) can tell, nope, not a one. Unless you consider a longer, healthier life a side effect. If such a side effect is a problem for you, just wash down Battle Berries with a cup of lard. (Our legal department has just advised that we should not tell you to drink lard. Sweet, sweet lard.)

While most people who seek out Battle Berries do so for the benefits seen in workouts, research is growing that shows “side effects” may include lower cholesterol, healthier hearts, and a generally longer, more active life. We sincerely apologize if that’s going to be a problem.