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*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
BASIL TIGULLIO FROM LIGURIA
Real Ligurian Basil from near Portofino and traditionally used to make Pesto Genovese. Sow in spring and summer.
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 particular...
FIORENTINO ROSE 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.
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 RED WINE SALT - UK Only
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 packet
LEONE RETRO TIN PERCULATER / CINNAMON SWEETS. TO..
Pastiglie Leone 1857 Torino For over 150 years Leone have made sweets in Turin and now we present them to you in these beautiful cult tins designed by Renato Sorrentino to celebrate the Italian love of life, joy, passion, creativity and ....sweetness. Available in 3 flavours, Gluten Free and no colours....
MIXED CUTTING RADICCHIO'S AND CHICORIES RESTAURA..
A mixture of 12 different varieties for cutting which all grow at the same rate. 50g pack. Approximate seeds quantity:@50,000 Sow: from March - September
ORGANIC HONEY SUNFLOWER 400g produce in Le March..
From Cingoli in Le Marche, Sunflower honey is sweet, tasting of sweet straw. Compact crystallisation. A great sweetener as it will not change flavours. A wonderful honey, full of sunshine! 400g jar
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 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
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.
SAPONERIA FIORENTINA -Profumi Del Chianti- OLIVE..
Olive is one of the most luxurious and soothing of all plants and what better way to enjoy its moisturising qualities than in a soap bar. Ideal for the gardener for his or her hands or as a body soap in the bath. The gift box contains 2 moulded soaps, both 150g each.
TOMATO COSTOLUTO FIORENTINO FLORENCE RHS AGM WIN..
T2 - Medium-large, old-fashioned, mishapen, heavy, ribbed beef tomato from Florence. Indeterminate (cordon - not a bush as stated by some other seed companies). Very meaty and ideal for slicing. RHS AGM. Fruits weight: up to 150-180g . Growing habit: Indeterminate (cordon) Approximate seeds quantity:@375...
TUSCAN WOOD BURNING PIZZA OVEN. PATENTED 70x70cm..
Mainland UK only was 650+ vat now 600. For your garden or business, hand made in Florence by artisans and NOT to be confused with similar looking products made with inferior imported materials, these are Italian made professional ovens - Beware of expensive imitations. They are completely mobile and...
WW2 DIG ON FOR VICTORY POSTER
By 1917, the British government realised that if they didn't do something quickly, Britain would essentially starve. This was the conception of the campaign that would later be known during WW2 as the 'Dig for Victory Campaign' which was brilliantly organised by the Ministry of Food. This was one of...