Vista Bella is a very early season dessert apple. It ripens in mid-July, early August, making it probably the earliest apple of the season. Vista Bella was developed at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA, in the 1950s. The name "Vista Bella" comes from the Guatamalan highlands where it is also grown. It is a medium-sized apple, with a light yellow-green skin, flushed deep red where exposed to the sun. 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.