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The Easiest 11 Italian vegetables to grow, by Franchi Seeds USA
*New Italian Art Deco Travel and Dig for Victory Posters*
We have reduced in price Orogiallo artisan coloured pasta at only £2.99 and other amazing gastronomic treats and as we are importers, you are not paying the middle man so they are competitive, all regional, including many Gluton Free and natural - see our deli page.
Download a copy of our new 2015 Franchi Seeds 50's chic inspired catalogue by clicking on the link below.
Download the 2015 50's chic inspired PDF catalogue
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.
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...
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.
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...
ELEPHANT GARLIC ´AGLIO ELEFANTE´ UK ONLY - Pre o..
Grows a massive bulb which is related to leek so not as strong. Traditionally roasted. Sow in Autumn. 5 Cloves. Really good quality stuff this year as we've changed our supplier.
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.
FRANCHI 1967 TOMATO SEED POSTER A5 or larger A3 ..
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 CUTTING RADICCHIO´S AND CHICORIES RESTAURA..
A mixture of 12 different varieties for cutting which all grow at the same rate. 50g pack. @30,000 seeds.
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 A5 or choose lar..
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 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.
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...