** 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
NEW - For everything Italian from novelty gifts, Italian aprons and apparel, stickers, ingredients, beautiful Florentine soaps, olive oil, accordions and more visit www.thelittleitalianmarket.com
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.
Chelsea Flower Show Exhibitor 6 times, Hampton Court Flower Show Garden 8 times and 5 times medal winners.
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.
BLACK SUMMER TRUFFLES SLICES
This is one of those products which goes such a long way as the slices are in oil and so long as they are kept covered, will keep. Ideal served with cooked foods – Polenta, risotto, tomato sauces, with fried eggs and fried potatoes, with fish or meat, with wild asparagus, to make truffle...
CHEESE GRAN CRU DI GROTTA CAVE AGED - UK Only
Gran Cru di Grotta – 18 th Century Cave Aged Cheese, Brisighella. The “Gran Cru di Grotta” cheese is a semi matured Pecorino type cheese which is aged in the restored 18 th Century Cave of Villa Corte where it receives a slow and consistent ripening dictated by the...
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.
GIFT BAG WITH RIBBON AND TAG
Beautiful, simple, stylish jute bags at the correct size for our seeds and soaps so you can make up a gift bag for a friend or relative. It comes with a bow as illustrated and a gift tag.
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
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...
Carioca: Early variety. Vigourous plant with horned head, good sized, round, red, tender and crunchy margins. Sow: from February to September. Harvest: From May to November Approximate seeds quantity: @800 Suitable for winter cultivation
MIXED COLOUR CARROTS
This pack contains white, orange and yellow carrot varieties. Sow from about Feb-Jun.
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 SANREMO
Sanremo travel poster print. A5 or choose larger A3
POSTER ART DECO VENICE LIDO
Venezia travel poster. 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.
SLUG BELL - POT PLANT BELL UK ONLY
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....