Other Fruits & Research
PLEASE NOTE: These fruits are only available, when in season, at the Dane County Farmer's Market (DCFM) on Madison's Capitol Square on Saturdays. Bulk orders are available by appointment only, call (608) 835-5871. Always check the DAILY UPDATE to see what is in season and when we will be at the DCFM.
Aronia is grown organically on our farm, and consist of significantly high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phyto-chemicals called anthocyanins.
It is an antioxidant superstar! Aronia has antioxidants two to four times that of acai berry, goji berry, blueberries, wild blueberries, and cranberries, according to USDA studies.
Aronia is an aggressive fighter against free radical damage caused by stress, poor diet, sun exposure, environmental pollution, and illness.
It contains tannins, a type of plant polyphenol, that produce an astringent taste and affects nutritional values by binding to and precipitating proteins. When eaten fresh they exhibit a unique red wine flavor; however it's true flavor can be admired when juiced and/or added to a dairy product such as in smoothies, cereal, and on ice-cream.
Its use is extremely versatile from fresh eating to baking, freezing, saucing, juicing, making sorbet, and the list goes on. We recommend making aronia part of your daily diet staring this fall.
TRIVIA: Did you know that aronia are in the apple family, not berries?
We usually use no sprays on our Concord grapes. Concord grapes are totally different from the California table grapes which are basically only good for fresh eating. Concord grapes can be used in many ways, have high nutritional and anti-oxidant value, and are very high in flavanoid content, in other words, they are good for you and have anti-cancer properties.
They have a delightful tangy flavor when eaten fresh and being unmodified they have do have seeds. They make a wonderful pie, amazing tasting juice, and the best homemade jam as well as a full-bodied wine.
TRIVIA: Did you know that grapes meet the botanical definition of a berry, whereas strawberries do not?
Carandale also offers lesser-known seasonal fruits including: pears (European and Asian), plums (European, American, and Asia-American cross), cherries (tart, sweet, and sweet-tart cross), aronia, sea berry, currants (black, red, white, and pink), gooseberries, blackberries, elderberries, and Saskatoon.
These are only available, when in season, at the Dane County Farmer's Market (DCFM) on Madison's Capitol Square on Saturdays. Check the DAILY UPDATE to see what is in season and when we will be at the Farmer Market.
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