Vista Bella is a small-to-medium, round apple, red with a green blush. Its white flesh is moderately juicy, with mildly tart flavor and hints of raspberry. Its main distinction is that it ripens as early as the end of July. Like most early season apples, Vista Bella is best eaten soon after it is picked, as it does not keep well.
Discovered: 1956 New Brunswick, New Jersey
Parentage: July Red, Melba, Sonora, Starr, Williams
Harvest: Early Season
Vista Bella was developed in 1956 in Brunswick, New Jersey at the Rutgers Agricultural Experiment Station. It was commercially released in 1974. Its name is from the Guatemalan highlands, where it grew well in trials.