Month: November 2017

In the Kitchen: Baked Pears

Baked Pears with Bella Viva Walnuts: The hearty flavor of walnuts make them so versatile when using in recipes. The nutty crunch brings a regular meal to a whole new level. Don’t be surprised if your palette will be begging for more in no time. Walnuts pair so well with countless flavors. So many in fact you’ll probably never run out of ideas for using them and that’s great! They’re perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes. In fact, it was difficult to narrow what recipe to feature, but we decided on one that is a must try for the holidays. You would if

Bella Viva Open House & Hughson Christmas Festival

Save the date! We’re excited to invite everyone to come visit, Saturday, December 2nd, and join us for our annual Holiday Open House and the Hughson Christmas Festival. We welcome you to enjoy complimentary coffee, hot apple cider, and free samples of our 2017 harvest. There will also be a 15% off sale on everything you can carry out the door. This is a great opportunity to beat the crowds and wrap up some of your Holiday shopping! Don’t forget, you can purchase your gifts in the store and we can ship them for you! The day’s events to be followed by the Hughson

Walnuts: Did you know?

California Red and “Brown” Walnuts – A Brief History: According to UC Davis, San Diego County was the first county in California to plant a walnut orchard and, by the 1940s, acreage had made its way north to the central valley. Today, more than half of California’s walnut acreage is based in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Butte, Tulare, and Sutter counties (01). This year of 2017, the California Objective Measurement Report has stated there is more walnut tree acreage and more trees per acre than past years, however the average nut set has hit an all time low (02). This means, despite there being more

Farmer Spotlight: Bella Viva Walnuts

As the weather starts to cool off and the days become shorter, the walnut harvesting season starts to wrap up as well. The season usually begins in early October and lasts a few weeks. This time is extremely vital for the farmers and landowners to get all the harvesting finished in order to ensure great productivity. And boy does our spotlight this month really know what he’s doing! Bella Viva Orchards walnut farmer and provider is Bruce Beard from Modesto, CA who’s not second, not third but a fifth generation nut tree farmer! Yes, you read that correctly – fifth generation. In fact, Bruce’s