Ven’Amour is one of the oldest operating organic farms in B.C.’s picturesque Similkameen Valley. Steve and Kim created Ven’Amour Organic Farms in 1977, and it’s been farmed organically since day one. They grow many varieties of beautiful organic tree fruits, including several exotic varieties of apples and pears. They are true stewards of the land, and on top of that they make award winning organic fruit wines through their Forbidden Fruit winery.
Vista Bella is a medium-sized apple, with a light yellow-green skin, flushed deep red where exposed to the sun. The color frequently changes to a solid crimson when ripe or over-ripe in good sunlight. For such an early variety the flavour is remarkably good, with a distinctly fruity taste reminiscent of slightly under-ripe raspberries. The flesh is light and juicy, and this apple is very easy and enjoyable to eat. If you have been surviving on old supermarket apples stored from the previous season, then Vista Bella is a revelation, with its full-on taste of the summer.
Vista Bella is a very early season dessert apple. It ripens in mid-July, making it probably the earliest apple of the season.