Dried fruits and nuts are very popular in my house…whether we are making trail mix, cookies, or just putting some raisins in our oatmeal, they provide a great source of both energy and fiber. They are also a great pantry staple because of their long shelf life. I am always happy to receive a gift basket as a gift that includes an assortment of dried fruits and nuts because it is a useful and tasty gift! Bella Viva Orchards specializing in delicious California grown dried fruits grown in a sustainable manner and several American made gift baskets as well. If you are not familiar with Bella Viva Orchards, here is some information about them in their own words:
Nestled in California ‘s Central Valley there is a bed of rich soil where the Martino family farms and harvests Bella Viva’s delectable fruits and nuts. We produce and sell fresh fruits, dried fruits, nuts, and chocolates online to customers nationwide, at Northern California ‘s farmer’s markets and in select restaurants.
Bella Viva offers an amazing selection of dried fruits including oranges, cherries, apricots, peaches, pears, persimmons, nectarines, plums, apples, grapes, figs, and lemons. These gourmet dried fruits are sold individually packaged or are combined into their signature trail mixes. Bella Viva also offers an assortment of gourmet chocolates and nuts. They sell several gift baskets and tray assortments that are perfect for gifts.
Bella Viva has been a certified organic fruit grower since 2006 and a certified organic fruit dry-yard since 2008. The organic gift basket I received for my review was packaged in a crate made from an old peach tree on their farm! Here are the basics about this gift basket:
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Contains 4 different bags of organic fruits & nuts (3.5 lbs)
My opinion: I was very excited to receive this package and was thrilled to see how much dried fruits and nuts are actually in this package! 3 1/2 pounds will really go a long way! The whole almonds are tender and yummy and the raisins plump and sweet. I added those to some trail mix along with some chocolate chips, cheerios, and honey roasted cashews. It will make a great snack for the family next weekend when we head out to the corn maze or before tennis practice.
The dried peaches were a little too big for me to put in my trail mix without cutting up and I was feeling lazy so I just munched on those while I paid bills and they were quite tasty. A very nice peach flavor to them. The apricots are whole as well and I thought maybe just a tad bit too tart for the kids to enjoy but I like that there is no sugar, preservatives, or additives at all. The ingredient label just says ‘apricots’!
When you are done with the fruit, use the crate as an inbox to store your invoices or burn in the fireplace. It is just plain peach wood, nothing else!
Overall, I am very impressed with the variety of products that Bella Viva offers and think it was incredibly creative for them to use an old peach tree from their orchard as packaging for their gift basket!
My thanks to Bella Viva Orchards for allowing me to review their products. If you would like to learn more about them, you can follow them on Facebook !
Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received one organic gift crate in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.