Tag: Pears

Peerless Pears: A Summer Swan Song!

Think of sweet summer days growing shorter as fall arrives. We hope when you do, thoughts of sweet and shapely Pears come to mind, ‘cause now’s the time to enjoy these golden fruits that we harvest at the end of summer. Pears can be simple or fancy, enjoyed as is or used in your favorite recipes. So tear open that bag of Bella Viva Orchards’ plump Pears and read on as you feed your palate and your body in a most wonderful way!   Because Pears have a good amount of dietary fiber in each serving, they’re your friend when it comes to digestive health,

Pears, Please! A Bella Viva Favorite

Pop a bite of Bella Viva Orchards beautiful Dried Pears in your mouth and you’ll see why they’re a customer favorite! Grown with love, and hand-harvested, we are drying our pears right now. They’re cut to show off their natural bell shape, making them a beautiful addition to your diet any way you choose to enjoy them! Besides being so plump and tasty, our California-grown pears have an incredible sweet summer nectar fragrance and a slightly chewy texture. They’re naturally GMO-free, fat-free and cholesterol-free. You’d like knowing that Pears are a good source of vitamins C and K, folate, copper, potassium and dietary fiber,

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

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 through Bosc and Bartlett Pears. Both of these specific pear varieties are full of extreme bursts of flavor pockets throughout their entirety, making them perfect for us to bestow you with handfuls of the hearty and velvety fruit. We supply the options of conventional as well as natural and

Recipe Contest – October 2015

The Holidays Are Almost Here! At Bella Viva, we can already smell the holidays approaching quickly. Lately, our family has been enjoying the aroma of fresh baked goods, using Bella Viva dried fruit as a secret ingredient. We hope your home is also filled with baking, love and cheerfulness during this special season. We invite you to share some holiday joy with our lovely gift baskets, holiday trays and specialty chocolates. But for us, that holiday cheer also comes in the form of baked goods. From scones to muffins, and even fruitcake, our dried fruit and nuts add a bit of “wow” to your

Bella Viva Scones

Description At Bella Viva we love baking with our dried fruit! We have even diced our most delectable dried fruits for your convenience in the kitchen, including: Tangy Apricots, Yellow Peaches, White Peaches, Yellow Nectarines, White Nectarines, Pears, Dapple Dandy Pluots and Betty Anne Plums. Thanks to Mary A. of Sacramento for sending us this tasty recipe. Actually, I had the pleasure of making these scones with her. In today’s recipe we have used Bella Viva Diced Pears and Dapple Dandy Pluots but we invite you to be creative and use any and all of our diced fruits for your scones at home. You can

Hazelnut Pear Biscotti

Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter, softened 2 tsp. vanilla (or 1 TBS) 4 medium eggs, beaten 1 cup finely ground hazelnuts 3 cups all-purpose flour (ex: King Arthur) 1 ½ tsp baking powder 1 ½ cups coarsely chopped toasted hazelnuts 1 ½ cups coarsely chopped dried pears Instructions Preheat oven to 350° F In a large bowl, mix cream, sugar and butter; add vanilla, eggs and ground hazelnuts. In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking powder and add to ground hazelnut mixture. Stir in chopped hazelnuts and pears. Divide dough in halves or thirds. On a well-floured surface (really, really well

Dried Pear and Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter 1 heaping cup dried pears, in 1/3 inch chunks 1 cup sugar 1 egg 2 T honey 1/2 tsp almond extract 1 cup plus 2 T flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 2 cup baby oats 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Remove from heat and add each of the remaining ingredients, stirring well. Spoon heaping tablespoons of dough onto a greased cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes, or until golden brown, less time for chewy, more for crisp.

The Bella Viva Traditional Fruit Tin

Description This combination is a delicious fruit-pie like concoction without the gluten, wheat, or flour. Enjoy throughout the holidays! Ingredients: 2-3 fresh cinnamon sticks Fresh or dry bay leaves Organic crystallized sugar (or any sugar) Ground cinnamon Bella Viva dried apricots Bella Viva dried pears Bella Viva dried peaches Bella Viva dried nectarines Bella Viva dried prunes Instructions Line a metal tin, or any container we like to use a festive holiday tin! Line the bottom with a paper doily or any food-grade liner. Layer ingredients in a liberal fashion and sprinkle cinnamon-sugar to taste. Close lid and let ingredients sit on counter.