'Best Seed Company of the Year'
(The Horticultural Channel' in a poll of 47,500 people on 30/12/2012). Thanks all !!
Friday May 10th 1300 to 2000 at Seeds of Italy's characteristic old London warehouse is the setting for a free exhibition of rescued Italian accordions dating 20's to 70's, some of which are astoundingly beautiful. Bring yours along (lovely accoustics here!), shows us one that you've had knocking around for years or simply come and browse.
Franchi in Italy are lobbying their seed association and we in the UK too are against the new proposed licensing and sale of seeds act in the EC. Whilst the EC has some excellent laws the UK needs like PFN's (protected food names) and Europe makes some sensible decisions like banning Neonicotinoid pesticides which are still permitted and being used in the UK, this seed law in it's present form will damage ALL countries biodiversity and uniqueness and both Italy and the UK in particular have a rich cultural plant heritage which must be protected. This law is unenforceable, and damaging to all European countries not just the UK. Italians are just as worried about this law and we hope it will not be passed. Paolo. Director. Seeds of Italy.
ITALIAN PINE NUTS - Did you know most pine nuts in the UK are from China and some can cause a very unpleasant condition called 'pine mouth'? Italian pine nuts are a far superior quality, and flavour, long without those horrible dark ends and traditionally used to make pesto 'Genovese'.
We have in stock now ARTISAN TRADITIONAL VIRGIN OLIVE OIL from the hills of Santeramo in Colle (Puglia).
NEONICOTINOID pesticides are BANNED IN ITALY for seed production (unlike in the UK where they are permitted and used). So only with Franchi seeds can you be sure (Whatever your position on this subject) that they are safe for our delicate BRITISH BEES.
Below is an artist's impression of our small RHS Hampton Court 2013 Roman vegetable 'Plinys Garden' which will be complete with Roman soldiers courtesy of Fishbourne Roman Palace and the National Roman Legion Museum of Wales.
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.
Franchi are a completely independent seed company and we are not associated with any other companies in the UK! If it doesn't say Franchi (or Golden Line) on the packet, its not ours! If it's not ours, it is not 230 years of handed down experience over 7 generations still in the same family and we are seed producers too. We assume when we buy seeds that the company you have bought them from have produced them - IN MOST CASES THIS IS NOT THE CASE and people just don't realise!
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
ARIOSTO CARNI ARROSTO E FERRI MEAT ROASTS/GRILLS..
Ariosto is THE seasoning brand in Italy from the stylish city of Milan, made using only fresh herbs with absolutely no additional ingredients or preservatives.Simply sprinkle on a cook and a spoonful will season about 1kg of meat. Sprinkle on Chicken, beef, lamb, rabbit, pork, plus the Christmas...
BASIL TIGULLIO FROM LIGURIA
Real Ligurian Basil from near Portofino and traditionally used to make Pesto Genovese. Sow in spring and summer.
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.
BRAND ONE NATURAL EXPLOSION FERTILISER BY VALAGR..
UK Only-Mineral NPK 5,5-5-7,5. Brand One Bio Stimulator with added feed. It contains seaweed, is concentrated and gives a natural explosion after the first feed giving visible results after just one week, acting in just 4 hours and increasing the size of fruits and blooms. Brand One comes from the unspoiled...
EASY SHELLING BEANS
Borlotto beans are meaty and great in stews, minestrone and soups. Borlotti BeansThis is a well known speckled shelling bean used widely all over the Italian boot. There are so many varieties, that often you'll find the same one as both a climber and a dwarf. By the way, we say 'Borlotti' in Britain...
FIORENTINO BLUE ANGEL ´CARVED´ SOAPS 3 X 125g
UK ONLY. Made specially in Florence once a year for Christmas, these 3 x 125g soaps are something really special and make a unique, sophisticated gift. Available in limited quantities.
LAVENDER SPIGA VERA
Use the dried flowers to flavour homemade biscuits, with pork and for perfume pouches. Lavender oil can relieve headaches. 1g. Sow mid Feb-mid Sep.
LE BIZZARRE 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 before the spawn is
PUMPKIN MUSCADE DE PROVENCE
Mid-late. Vigorous plant of good productivity. Medium-sized scallopped fruits. Green skin turning yellow after harvesting. Orange flesh, meaty and very sweet. Very good storer. @20. Sow Feb-Jun.
S25 - Long red mid length radish with white tip. Tender but crunchy. @2250. Sow Feb-Jun and Sep-Oct.
SQUASH KURBIS TROMBA DI ALBENGA LEBEN
From the mountainous Ligurian region, this squash can grow large, the seeds are all in one place so the neck is pure meat. Sow in the spring and early summer. @12 seeds
SWEET PEA PISELLO ODOROSO
Mixed colour, large flowered Sweet Pea. Suitable for walls and balcony coverage. 150cm. Sow Mar-end Apr and flowers Jun-end Jul.
TOMATO COSTOLUTO OF PARMA
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. Sow Spring. 180g. @300.
ACACIA FLOWER MIMOSA PUDICA
MIMOSA PUDICA ACACIAOrnamental perennial plant which produces numerous pale pink, pompon shaped flowers . Can be grown in containers or outside, but requires full sun and must be protected from winter cold. When the leaves are touched they will curl in toward the stalk. It's popular name is the...
ACHILLEA FILIPENDULA YELLOW
Online Only. Rustic perennial which reaches a height of around 120cm. Easy to grow, it produces umbrella shaped clusters if intense yellow flowers. Blooms throughout the summer in containers or in the groudn. Prefers a sunny position and is ideal for cutting.