Useful preparations for the winter: syrup of black chokeberry
The leaves on the trees have already become yellow, the harvest of apples and plums in the garden is collected and partially eaten. But it does not leave a subconscious feeling that we have forgotten some of the gifts of nature. Allow me to draw your attention to the fruits of an unremarkable shrub called an aronia or Aronia scurvy.
Since ancient times, many gardeners have used these bushes to fence their treasured six hundred square meters from the curious eyes of neighbors passing through the streets of native gardening. Berries themselves, ripe with an enviable constancy by the end of August and black clusters hanging from the bushes to the end of October, attracted except that birds and unintentional children.
Chokeberry, as well as bird cherry, has one unpleasant property. As the Georgian guides said in the Batumi Botanical Garden, telling about the taste of persimmon: "It is useful for women, knits the mouth!". It is possible to use the fruits of chokeberry arbutus with the same success, but we suggest that all not so lazy gardeners turn a rich and completely free crop of this berry into an invaluable harvest for the winter.
Twenty-year experience of our family has confirmed not only the excellent taste qualities of the syrup from the black cherry, but its undoubted usefulness, and its unpretentiousness to the storage conditions. Let us recall some actual data from the biography of this berry. Originally from North America, brought to Russia two hundred years ago, has got accustomed and perfectly feels till now. According to the content of some vitamins and trace elements, it overtakes the currant and oranges at times. But most importantly, chokeberry is a real find for hypertensives and diabetics.
Normalization of blood pressure, lowering the level of cholesterol and sugar in the blood to people who regularly use a water-diluted syrup made from our recipe is guaranteed. On the healing properties of this berry and other ways of using it in home preparations you can find out on the pages of our website. I just want to offer all patrons of large families, taking care of the health of their loved ones, a simple and original recipe for preparing a long-playing remedy for all diseases based on berries of chokeberry aronia.
1. Collect berries. To do it in the Northern latitudes, you can have the middle of August, when the fruits reach breast maturity and finish in early November. Trust me, frozen berries even have some piquancy. Pay attention to the fact that chokeberry ripens unevenly, and the surrounding suburban area, your bushes produce fruit in different ways. Do not be greedy, a lot of berries, choose only the best.
2. Soaking. To wash berries before soaking all the same it is necessary. The car park of Russia is growing, and no suburban area from this infection is protected. We hope that you have gathered a good crop, so the proportions of our recipe will not frighten you. Take the biggest vessel that is in your house (we recommend liters for 12). Pour berries with boiling water at the rate of 4 liters of water per 3 kg of fruit, add to each such portion of 90 g of citric acid and leave to settle for a day.
3. Preparation of syrup. The day passed without any problems. Viscosity and astringency from ashberry already came out, the juice she gave out. We start to cook the final product. The contents of the pot are filtered through a colander, and the berries are ruthlessly thrown away. The remaining juice is boiled and in equal proportions (can be slightly less) we introduce sugar.
Note that the ratio of 1 kg of sugar to 1 liter of water provides an absolutely arbitrary storage of the finished syrup. For the most corrosive housewives, let us reproduce this recipe in its usual form: chokeberry aronia - 3 kg, citric acid - 90 g, water - 4 l, sugar - 4 kg. At the output of one liter of squeezed boiling water with soaking juice, it turns out almost 1, 75 liters of medicinal drink.
How to conserve and store syrup
I'm afraid that many will not believe me, but the answer to this question is banal: whatever. Fill syrup from chokeberry, prepared according to our recipe, you can both hot and cold. Any dish (if only it was clean) will do: bottles of glass and plastic, cans of any format, even without sealed caps.
It has been repeatedly checked: even during storage in an ordinary city pantry at room temperature, the drink retains its qualities for a whole year, and if forgotten about it, it lasts longer. Therefore, the insignificant labor and not very large money that you will spend on this procurement, will pay off a hundredfold in the winter, saving you from poisonous American soda.