** Please note** In line with Italian national holidays, we will be officially closed from the 8th - 23rd of August but this year but for the whole month we will have just a skeleton crew running things. We are going to be picking up emails occasionally during this time and have one person most days making call backs and sending orders out twice a week during this quiet period.
*New - Authentic Hand Made Portable Neapolitan Patented Wood Burning pizza ovens*
Organic Ligurian & Sicilian Olive oil
*New Italian Art Deco Travel and Dig for Victory Posters*
Download a copy of our 2015 Franchi Seeds 50's chic inspired catalogue by clicking on the link below.
Download the 2015 50's chic inspired PDF catalogue
Easiest 11 Italian vegetables to grow, by Franchi Seeds USA
By the time of the mutiny on the bounty in 1789, Giovanni Franchi was already 6 years into his business of selling seeds around the market squares of Parma from his horse drawn cart, and the company is still in the same family 229 years later with Giampiero Franchi at the helm. 1783 also witnessed the death of the landscape architect Capability Brown, the end of the American War of Independence and the flight of the Montgolfier brothers balloon over Paris. Franchi are the oldest family run seed company in the world and are much more than just seeds in a packet – they are a story of tradition, pride, experience, quality, passion and excellence handed down over 7 generations that continues today alongside state-of-the-art technological solutions.
Do you know which country the seeds in your packet come from? With Franchi seeds you can rest assured because we are seed producers and we commission over 90% of our vegetable seed range ourselves, locally. They are traditional regional varieties which have provenance and some come from the Alps, Dolomite or Apennine areas of Italy, so they are used to much colder climates than the UK can throw at them.
Every region of Italy has its own varieties, which like its recipes have been handed down from generation to generation. They are not globally available varieties which are found worldwide but instead are regional with a unique heritage. Go to an Italian market and you can buy tomato seeds, tomato plants, tomatoes and everything made with the tomatoes. There is no separation between gardening and food – there’s just food, RY and the tomato will vary in shape, size and flavour depending on the region, along with all the other vegetables. It is common for offices, factories, railway stations and even hospitals to have an ‘orto’ or allotment. Many schools do too and children who grow veg, eat veg!
‘From Seed to Plate’ is not just the name of our new cookbook, but it is our philosophy. Our catalogue features everything you need to achieve this so for example you can grow your Franchi San Marzano plum tomatoes, use a Rigamonti passata machine to make your passata and then bottle them in our Bormioli Quattro Stagioni passata bottles which once hermetically sealed, will sit in your larder for at least a year. It is really easy to do lots of things badly, so we only deal with a few suppliers, all of which still produce traditional quality goods in Italy.
We have always included signed recipes in our centre pull-out section so you can enjoy the fruits of your labour and this year we are thrilled to have signed recipes from a variety of chefs and restaurants to inspire you.
What you sow you, you will reap !! So ‘Buon Appetito’ and thanks for choosing Franchi seeds. 229 years experience at your service.
Paolo, Alessandra and family
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NEW - ITALOLOPY BOARD GAME
Including new T-shirts 'Legalise Marinara',
Baby Onesies 'I love Pasta', Aprons 'Not only am I perfect, I'm Italian too!'
and Signs 'Parking for Sicilians Only'. A lot of fun and the ideal gift.
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BORMIOLI SINGLE 1LTR JAR with DEEP PRESERVING LI..
1 litre jars are great for pickled onions, olives, larger quantities of jam, marmalades and tomatoes. A great larder jar with deep preserving lids.
CENTONZE ORGANIC SICILIAN EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL..
An outstanding oil, outstanding. The trees are ancient, growing from in between Etruscan stones and the oil is truly unique, not to mention the beautiful tin. The best olives are harvested by hand in the months of October and November to be cold pressed within 12 hours and then become oil. The...
FRANCHI 1967 TOMATO SEED POSTER
Depicting the San Marzano tomato of Naples, this most wonderful 1967 poster from Franchi seeds of an old catalogue cover with their seeds spilling out of a tin and the tomatoes. A must for every allotment shed or Italian restaurant! A5 or choose the larger A3.
Honey Soap SAPONERIA FIORENTINA -Profumi Del Chi..
Boxed honey scented soaps made in Florence. This is a top end product containing 2 x 150g round 'carved' bars of luxurious Tuscan soap. The honey scent is sweet and lingers on the skin.
ITALIAN PINE NUTS PINOLI 20g PACKET
AS FEATURED ON FOOD UNWRAPPED 02/03/15 with Jimmy Doherty (from the Supplier featured in Rome) . *Buy 2 or more, pay only £3 each* It is almost impossible to find Italian pine nuts in the UK and these Mediterranean gems are not oily, can be up to twice as long as Chinese ones, are nutty...
ITALIAN RED WINE SALT
A Tuscan tradition, Sea Salt, simply flavoured with Italian red wine. Use it with any red meat or game, in stews and casseroles, with hearty pasta and tomato based sauces, coq au vin and more. This flavoured salt will lift your 'cucina povera' dishes, simply and with little effort. 100g...
MIXED COLOUR CARROTS
This pack contains white, orange and yellow carrot varieties. Sow from about Feb-Jun.
Pholiota Aegerita. Usually found growing underneath Poplar trees (Pioppe), after which this mushroom gets it's name. Can be sown onto straw or logs, preferably Poplar, but any broad leafed tree log can be used. 30-40 days after sowing is ready to start producing mushrooms.
POSTER ART DECO ITALY AEROPLANE
The most wonderful art deco stylised poster of Italy and the vintage aircraft flying over it. A5 or choose the larger A3
POSTER ART DECO MILANO
Milano in an art deco print. A5 or choose larger A3
POSTER ART DECO ROMA
Bella Roma travel poster print from the 30's. A5 or choose larger A3
POSTER ART DECO SORRENTO
Sorrento travel poster print. A5 or choose larger A3 format
POSTER ART DECO TIVOLI GARDENS
The wonderful Tivoli gardens in a poster print. A5 or choose larger A3
SLUG BELL - SLUG BELL DOME
As an allotmenteer, I hate slugs and snails – they eat all my veg!But I also hate spreading slug pellets randomly all over the garden as I have hedgehogs and frogs, plus I keep chickens in my Harrow garden. So I was very pleased to ﬁnd this simple to use product, the Slug Bell. ...
TOMATO BLACK CRIMEAN
New for 2015 - This is a Classic tomato from the island of Krim in Crimea. It has a very dark skin and flesh and a slight tartness which makes it superb in salad. Sow: From February to May Growing habit: Indeterminate (cordon) Approximate seeds quantity:@150 Variety: Outdoor 70-80...
TOMATO COSTOLUTO OF PARMA save 40p
Featured on BBC GQT 2/3/12 - T26 - A classic tomato from Emilia Romagna, a 'proper' tomato, old fashioned with a lovely 'lost' flavour for you to rediscover. Superb with Parmesan cheese from the same region. 180g. @300. Fruits weight: up to 180g. Growing habit: Indeterminate (cordon) Approximate...