Black chokeberry cultivation bears fruit

Aronia fruit extract
Aronia fruit extract produced by a local company in Yonthan County, North Hwanghae Province. (Photo Credit Pyongyang Times)

"At present, black chokeberry is cultivated in different parts of the country, but people say that those growing in our county are superior in medicinal efficacy," said Kim Yong Chol, manager of the Yonthan County source mobilization company.

According to him, the plant begins to bear fruits when it is three years old, and fruits can be collected for more than 20 years.

The fruit is very good for human health. It is used for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases including arteriosclerosis and hypertension as it contains much anthocyan, catechol and flavonol which remarkably reduce cholesterol contents in blood and have antioxidant and capillary reinforcing functions.

Its edible value is very high since its fruit contains not only a proper amount of sugar and organic acid but also many vitamins and microelements.

The company started to plant the shrub some ten years ago.

When the company was first determined to plant the shrub in mountains, some people shook their heads saying when they would benefit from it.

"The thriving way for our county, which had no particular underground and marine resources, was to exploit mountains well," said the manager.

The company planted dozens of hectares of black chokeberry forests on the sloping land overgrown with shrubs.

The employees had much trouble at first since they did not know how to manure and cultivate it.

In the course of this, they newly established a planting method based on saplings in humus cake which markedly hastens the production cycle of the saplings, saves much manpower and raises the rate of rooting.

And they applied quality composite microbial fermented compost in order to further increase the nutritional value of the fruits and their productivity.

The company produces different processed products with black chokeberry fruits.

Especially, the extract of the fruit is much sought-after as it helps supplement vitamins, strengthens blood vessels and is good for the cardiovascular system.

The company plans to produce tea, jam, jelly and syrup from the fruit.

(Pyongyang Times - December 10, 2020)

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