In the Kitchen: Prunes

Walnut Pastila with Bella Viva Prunes: With the holidays quickly approaching, you can never have too many recipes on hand. Sure, prunes are excellent all their own, but throw them into a dish and you’ve taken cooking to a whole new flavor level. The following recipe is for two scrumptious walnut pastila but beware, you

Prunes vs. Plums:

Differences and History: One question commonly asked is “aren’t dried plums called prunes?” The answer to that is yes and no; all prunes were plums but not all dried plums are prunes. That might seem confusing at first, but some of the main differences to distinguish between a plum and a prune are through their

Prunes: Did you know?

Health Facts: Perhaps those who have overeaten them is what has given prunes a false bad reputation. However, if you push that prejudgment aside, you might be surprised to find out they’re actually super yummy and good for you. Plump and tender, prunes are a good source of terrific nutrients including calcium and Vitamin C.

Farmer Spotlight: California Prunes

As Autumn approaches, so does plum harvesting season and, for Bella Viva, pleasing plums mean pleasant prunes. The season only lasts around 30 days total and it’s vital to get the fruit picked before they over-ripen and start falling on the ground – especially before fall and winter rains – yet still right when they’re

In the Kitchen: Almond Flour

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Almond Flour: Another great thing about almonds is that they are able to be used in so many different ways. Almond flour and almond meal are made when the almonds are finely ground into powders; the flour consisting only the insides of the blanched meats and the meal consisting of the

Almonds: Did you know?

Health Facts (NUT-rients): Grown on trees in a great number of orchards, the hearty and crunchy almonds are jam-packed with nutritional value including high amounts of good fats and proteins. There are roughly 130 calories per 23 almonds, or one ounce (1)(2). While that might sound like a lot, the amount of health benefits you

Farmer Spotlight: Organic Almonds

August and September are extremely busy harvesting months for almond crops. As a result, our growers easily find themselves with little time on their hands outside the orchards. Bella Viva makes a point to build firsthand relationships with our passionate farmers. This way you can rest assured the product you’re receiving has been loved since

End of a Family Era: Farmers Market

This past month of August sadly closed off an era for The Martino Family, owners of Bella Viva, that became near and dear to many hearts; we have ended our participation in farmers markets, which we started partaking in during the early 1960s. Since then, we would be able to be found almost every single

Pairing with our Passionate Pear Provider

California Pears: The Scully Family With over 3,000 different varieties of pears worldwide, the choice on which is the most delicious might be a bit overwhelming. Thankfully we’re here at Bella Viva to help you decide! We partner with local growers who we know will provide us with only the best of the deliciousness found

The Great Peach Event

It’s that time of year again – the time all pie and preserves makers as well as any peach-lover in general anticipates all year long. The ninth annual Bella Viva Orchards’ Great Peach Event is just a couple weeks shy of arriving and it’s going to be flavorful. We’ll head straight from our orchards with truckloads of beautiful premium, fresh peaches and