These native shrubs produce a slightly astringent berry that the Europeans cultivate for use in fruit juices. Although they’ve remained virtually unknown in North America, Aronia berries are very high in nutrients and are an excellent addition to the home garden. They bear quite well in a shady spot, so are good companions to fruit and nut trees. They’re best when lightly cooked, and make a good addition to oatmeal and smoothies and they make a very nutritious juice. They’re quite ornamental, too, with showy white flowers in the spring and red foliage in the fall.