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At the foot of the northern slopes of the central part of the Ivanščica mountain is the picturesque town of Ivanec (Varaždin County), where in the spring of 2013 we cultivated neglected land and erected a perennial plantation of 800 chokeberry seedlings adapted for hand picking chokeberry.

The reason for growing this berry is the richness of nutritional values ​​contained in the small, black miracle berry, which we also call “superfruit”, given the many health benefits it provides by consuming fresh fruits and various processed chokeberry products. Another important reason that was crucial for the decision to grow chokeberry plantations is growing healthy fruit in an ecological environment without the use of pesticides and other chemicals, which fortunately this plantation does not require, but requires a lot of physical manual labor when maintaining plantations and harvesting chokeberry fruits.

We pick the chokeberry fruits at the end of August by hand, which results in the high quality of products obtained by processing the chokeberry fruits.

VISION TO TRANSFER THE WEALTH CONTAINED IN THE FRUITS OF ARONIJA INTO THE OFFER OF VARIOUS AND QUALITY PRODUCTS IN WHICH LOVERS OF THIS FRUIT WILL ENJOY, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO TAKE IT FOR THE FIRST TIME.

Nutritional properties

Aronia is an extremely useful and medicinal plant that is rich in very valuable nutritional properties.

Chokeberry fruits contain a large amount of polyphenolic compounds, among which the most common are proanthocyanidins, anthocyanins and flavonols. Chokeberry fruits are also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Among vitamins, the most represented are B vitamins, mostly niacin and pantothenic acid, followed by vitamins C, A and E. Of the minerals, chokeberry is rich in iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, manganese and iodine. Compared to other berries, it contains a higher concentration of beta carotene and beta cryptoxanthin.

Aronia is one of the strongest antioxidants. According to the ORAC unit of measure for antioxidant capacity, 100 g of chokeberry fruit contains 16100 ORAC units, and the recommended daily dose is 3000-5000 ORAC units, which is several times stronger antioxidant activity than most fruits and nuts (blueberry 6,552 ORAC, black currant 7,957 ORAC, cranberry 9,090 ORAC.

Product & culture

The family farm is engaged in the cultivation of chokeberry in the Varaždin County in Ivanec. We make and offer the following products from hand-picked chokeberry fruits:
-100% chokeberry juice in packs of 1 l and 0.5 l, winner of the Grand Gold Medal at the international evaluation of juices held in June 2020 in the Republic of Slovenia
-Aronia fruit wine in packages of 0.375 l, 0.5 l and 0.75 l, winner of the gold medal in March 2020 at the Vine 2020 evaluation.
-tea in filter bags and aroma wrapper two combinations: 100% dried chokeberry fruit, and chokeberry & ginger
-Aronia brandy in packs of 0.2 l and 0.1 l, winner of the silver medal in the 2018 evaluation
– chokeberry liqueur in packs of 0.2 l and 0.1 l

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Matije Divkovića 19a ,
Zagreb 10000
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NUMBER OF Ha: 0,37

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Owner: Slavica Grđan

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