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

Apricot Flavor Guide

California White Apricot Flavor profile: Sweetest (lowest acidity) Smooth nectarous and floral, with a mellower tang Texture: Less chewy and fairly delicate (sliced) Mediterranean Flavor profile: Sweet, tropical and peachy Texture: Thick, chewy and succulent (dried whole)  Organic Mediterranean Flavor profile: Sweet, tropical and peachy but also slightly earthy Texture: Robust (no preservatives) California Blenheim

Stone Fruit – April 2016

Stone Fruits & Thinning: At Bella Viva we have the best stone fruit around! This doesn’t happen by accident. Our team diligently cares for the trees all year, from soil and leaf testing to fertilizing and amending and finally pruning and thinning. Currently we are hard at work thinning the trees that will soon bare

Oranges – March 2016

Beautiful California Oranges: March is the most beautiful time of year in the Bella Viva Orchards. Almonds, cherries, apricots, plums and many other fruit trees are in full bloom. But, right now the new orange crop is in and it is as sweet as ever! Throughout the grove branches are weighed down by these juicy

Soil Analysis & Tree Health – February 2016

Soil Analysis & Tree Health: At Bella Viva the work never stops, even when there is not any fruit on the trees. The labor put into the off-season is an important determining factor of fruit quality. Two of the most important issues are soil and tree health. Recently our orchards have needed special care because of

Water Outlook – January 2016

Water Outlook for California 2016: We hope you all enjoyed the holidays, at Bella Viva we are already preparing for our next growing season. The drought made last year extremely challenging for us. It led to the loss of trees and lower crop yields for the ones that survived. We would like to thank our

Bella Viva Pecan Stuffing

Pecan Stuffing: This recipe comes to us from my family to yours just in time for Thanksgiving, thank you grandma Joan for sharing. The recipe can be easily doubled or tripled for larger gatherings, just keep the ratios the same. I prefer to leave out the butter because Bella Viva Pecans are so rich and

Blueberry Yogurt Muffins

Congratulations to Nerine A. from Texas for winning first prize in the 2015 Bella Viva Recipe Contest! Her Blueberry Yogurt Muffins are to die for. We enjoyed their scrumptious combination of textures and flavors. The crumbly outside is complimented by the moist inside; which is made possible by a generous wallop of yogurt. To top