Our 2016 catalogue will be out in Dec. But you can download an advance copy here:
Download the 2016 Franchi Seeds gardening, food and gifts catalogue
See Franchi Seeds very own Paolo Arrigo on a new T.V. pilot called Pasta Grannies. Here's a shortened episode on You Tube.
*New - Authentic Hand Made Portable Patented Food Certified Wood Burning pizza ovens from Tuscany*
Italian Raw Organic Honey
Organic Sicilian Olive oil and Balsamic from Modena
*New Italian Art Deco Travel and Dig for Victory Posters*
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 232 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 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.What you sow you, you will reap !! So ‘Buon Appetito’ and thanks for choosing Franchi seeds. 233 years experience at your service.
Paolo, Alessandra and family
BARATTI - Eau de Toilette 50ml
Fresh notes of Macchia Mediterranea (mediterranean Vegetation) meets a sea wind touching the local gulf's shore. This is where Baratti comes from, sublime evocation of the beauty, unison beetween the Earth, the Sea and the stories of ancient civilization. 50ml. This Eau de...
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.
EDIBLE ORANGE FLOWERS FIORI D´ARANCIO 20g BAG
Orange blossom flowers from Tuscany for use in cakes and biscuits, custards and creams, chocolate sauces, with cheeses and in panettone and other pastries including Middle Eastern, Neapolitan, Sicilian etc. Just the most amazing ingredient in a good sized 20g bag. A rare ingredient and a quality natural...
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.
MISTICANZA MIXED SALAD PACK £1 special offer unt..
L3 - Traditionally, 'Misticanza' is a Roman feature going back over 2000 years. In the 15th century, Borrage, mint, Chicory barba di Frate and rocket were also included, but this pack contains 8 different lettuce varieties (reds, cutting, green, heads etc
ORGANIC HONEY CHESTNUT 400g - Produced in Piemo..
Dark with a deep, pleasant bitter caramel flavour, highly prized. A really excellent honey for milk and honey, glazing gammon or lamb, baking and superb in Greek yoghurt . Produced in part in Monferrato Piemonte and Tuscany. 400g jar Pasturised honey...
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 ABRUZZO
Beautiful old travel poster, Abruzzo. Available in A5 and A3. Please choose A3 from the drop down tab.
POSTER ART DECO FIRENZE FLORENCE
The beautiful city of Florence represented in this beautiful art deco print A5 or choose a larger A3
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 SORRENTO
Sorrento travel poster print. A5 or choose larger A3 format
POSTER ART DECO VENICE LIDO
Venezia travel poster. A5 or choose larger A3.
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...