Month: June 2018

Organic California Strawberries

We’re Back and Berry Good! Everyone at Bella Viva Orchards is excited that our Certified Organic Dried Strawberries are back! Grown nearby in Watsonville by FeNella’s Berries and dried by Bella Viva Orchards, this year’s harvest is especially flavorful – and available for just a limited time. These beautiful large Organic Strawberries come to us from a trusted certified organic grower who shares our values about sustainable farming so we feel good about bringing these berries to you. Anyone around our drying yard will tell you that they’re going wild about the fragrance of these prized berries. Our Certified Organic Strawberries have a texture

In the Kitchen: Cherry Scones

Easy to Make Cherry Scones: These fast and easy cherry scones are a flavor-packed and healthy way to enjoy Bella Viva Orchards’ sweet and plump Dried Cherries, our tasty Almond Flour and Sliced California Almonds. They have just the right amount of sweetness and flakiness and make a beautiful addition to your weekend brunch. They also make a nice weekday breakfast treat. Total Time: 25-30 minutes Yields: 10 Scones Prep Time: 10 Cook Time: 15-20 min. Ingredients: 2 cups packed down Bella Viva Orchards Almond Flour 1 heaping Tbs baking powder ½ tsp finely ground sea salt ¾ c to 1 cup sugar (to

Almond Flour: Your Nutrient-Packed Cooking Friend

All Natural Almond Flour: Yes, Almond Flour is gluten-free, low-carb and paleo-friendly, but it goes way beyond these dietary qualities. It can be used in place of wheat flour or combined with wheat flour in a wide variety of recipes, whether or not you observe a particular diet. This stuff is packed with protein and contains over 100 percent of the daily requirement for Vitamin E. It’s also high in magnesium, which helps regulate blood pressure and insulin metabolism, according to the National Institutes of Health (01). It’s an energy-booster that can help with weight loss. It’s just pure almonds and contains all the

Cherries Kickoff Stone Fruit Harvest 2018

It’s Cherry Time: California’s cherry season lasts from mid-May through June and we’re hard at work drying them. While the season goes by quickly, thanks to our Dried Cherries, you can enjoy them any time of the year. We offer six varieties of Cherries including Certified Organic and sulfur-free Natural – all packed with sweetness and nutrients. For a special treat, try our Chocolate Covered Bing Cherries. Our Dried Cherries are offered in many of our Gift Crates, Baskets and Trays, too. Dried Cherries are rich in Vitamin A, which supports the body’s immune system – so go ahead and grab an extra handful.

Apricots are Ready

California Apricots: Spring days are growing longer in the Central Valley and our sun-ripened apricots have just been harvested. They’re picked when their sugars are perfectly developed and dried using our tried and true, centuries-old sun-drying method for optimal taste and texture. Sweet and slightly tart, they’re great eaten just as they are, or used in your favorite recipes. How about making Apricot Habanero Jam, Apricot Braid Bread or Apricot Almond Oatmeal to share with family and friends? Our California apricots are a good source of Vitamin A, which plays a key role in the normal function of the heart, lungs, kidneys and other