June at Bella Viva Orchards: Admiring those Apricots!

We just love June here in the Central Valley. The long, warm days signal the season for Father’s Day, barbecues and yes…Apricots! (You saw that coming, right?) As you probably know, we offer a number of varieties and styles of California Apricots, and they’re all outstanding. While many of them come from trusted partners who are our neighbors, we grow our own California Tangy Apricots. And right now, we’re in the throes of our Apricot harvest! Mother Nature is giving those trees one more dose of sunshine and the trees are bending from the weight of the heavy, ripe and sweet fruit. Early in

Nuts: No Fuss, What Muss?!

Father’s Day is right around the corner. So once you’ve got Dad situated in that recliner with his favorite sports on TV and that remote control all to himself, how can you make his day even better? You could mow the lawn. You could wash his car. You could fire up the grill and make a batch of this month’s recipe for Apricot-glazed Pork Chops with Chopped Oven-Roasted Almonds or you could really show him you care by gifting him with Nuts from Bella Viva Orchards. Now, that’s doing it right, friends! Nuts. The perfect answer to a low-maintenance, healthier full-on noshing session. We’ve

In the Kitchen: Apricot-glazed Pork Chops with Toasted Almonds

This recipe, using Bella Viva Orchards California Tangy Apricots and Raw Almonds, will make you want to get outdoors and fire up that grill! You’ll want to keep an extra bag or two of our Almonds and Apricots on hand for enjoyment when you’re spending time inside or on the go. Bring on the sunshine and bring on the happy flavors! Yields: 6 servings Prep time: 2 to 4 hoursCook time: about 30 minutesTotal Time: up to 4 hours, 30 minutes Ingredients: For brine:8 cups water½ cup kosher salt½ cup granulated sugar For glaze*:½ cup Bella Viva Orchards California Tangy Apricots¾ cup water1 large

Organic Cherries: A Jubilant Addition to your Day!

May’s a busy time ‘round here, with the season’s early fruits being harvested. Among those early harvests are our Certified Organic Cherries. We invite you to take a moment to imagine being in the middle of a lush Cherry orchard watching these beautiful orbs being plucked from the trees just as their sugars reach that perfect level. Does it make you feel jubilant? Good! We hope so. They’re incredible. They’re organic. They smell heavenly in our drying yard. And they’re ready for you to enjoy right this moment. Now, that’s what it’s all about!

California-Grown Pecans: Special and Sweet Anytime!

You may associate the Pecan with winter holidays as the stars in pies, and they deserve their honored place at the holiday table. But now that Spring is in full throttle, we say it’s time to consider the year-round merits of this plump and naturally sweet nut. Come on and join us in thinking beyond the pie!

May at Bella Viva Orchards: Time for Organic Blueberry Bliss!

Mmmmm Blueberries! Pretty, plump, make your momma beam Blueberries. What makes ‘em even better is that they’re Certified Organic. Right now, our nearby trusted grower-partners are busy harvesting these flavorful and super-nutritious berries that have been basking in the Central California sun and are just about jumping off the bushes by themselves! The moment our neighbors deliver this precious cargo to us, we whisk them away to our drying yards where they’re lovingly transformed to a treat that you can enjoy now and throughout the year. Sure, you can find them fresh in your local grocery store throughout the year. We invite you to

In the Kitchen: Almond Flour Blueberry Pecan Cookies with Cacao Chips!

One bite of these Martino family favorites and you’ll be hooked on these super-flavorful gluten-free cookies, featuring Bella Viva Orchards Almond Flour,  Certified Organic Dried Blueberries and Pecans. Even wheat flour eaters will want to mark this as a sure make-again recipe! Yields: 3 dozen cookies Prep time: 15 minutesCook time: 24 minutes (total)Total Time: 39 minutes Ingredients: 3 cups Bella Viva Orchards Almond Flour, packed1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon fine sea salt4 ounces unsalted butter (1 stick), softened¾ cup brown sugar, packed½ cup granulated sugar2 large eggs2 cups Bella Viva Orchards Dried Blueberries2 cups bittersweet 60% cacao chips1 cup Bella Viva Orchards Pecans,

In the Kitchen: Peach Glazed Salmon with Almonds

Sweet, crunchy wholesomeness in every bite! Enjoy this recipe for Peach Glazed Salmon with Almonds featuring Bella Viva Orchards amazing Organic Dried Yellow Peach Slices and Raw Almonds. Add a nice green salad and cooked brown rice and you’ve nailed it at dinnertime!  Yields: 4 servings Prep time: 15 minutesCook time: 18 minutesTotal Time: 33 minutes Ingredients: For glaze:½ cup Bella Viva Orchards Certified Organic Peaches¾ cup water1 large garlic clove, minced¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or more, if desired)1 teaspoon soy sauce½ teaspoon Dijon mustardJuice of ½ fresh lemon For Salmon:4 salmon fillets, skinless, about 6 to 8 ounces each1 cup Bella

April at Bella Viva Orchards: A Penchant for Organic Peaches!

You could say we’re proud of our Certified Organic Peaches. Like beaming parents would be proud of their talented, well-behaved child! With plenty of humility sprinkled in, we’d say our Certified Organic Peaches are deserving of that pride. And we trust that those of you who know them would agree wholeheartedly. So, what’s up with that pride, you may ask. Well, for starters, our Certified Organic Peaches are grown in an estate orchard that’s been in our family since 1987. Lots of love goes into feeding the land, nurturing our trees and perfecting our practices to bring you the biggest, sweetest and most aromatic

Organic Sweet Apples: Give Your Doctor a Break!

We’ve all heard the old English proverb about keeping the doctor away by eating an Apple a day, right? We think you’d agree that it’s been a long year for all of us, including our hard-working doctors. So now that we are gradually emerging from lockdown, how about giving these heroes a break? We say get outdoors for some nice fresh Spring air. Call loved ones you haven’t seen for months. And do your body a favor by including Bella Viva Orchards’ Organic Sweet Apples in your diet! Now, when you think of Apple-growing regions, did you know that the Central Valley deserves more