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Herbs play a large part in the Italian diet, with Basil Genovese for example, being crushed in a mortar and pestle with pine nuts, pecorino and Parmesan cheese, a pinch of salt and then mixed with good olive oil to make pesto a Genovese would dream about. But the Romans wouldn't eat basil. They thought it would make you mad and fed it to their horses, but they did use it to treat ear infections.

Herbs were so important to the Roman Legionaires, that varieties such as dill and chives were issued to every garrisson. Wild chives can still be found growing along Britain's Hadrians wall to this day.

On this page you'll find the 'classics', the really indispensable stuff.
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ALTHEA - MARSHMALLOW
Origin: This is a perennial plant belonging to the Malcavee family with intense green leaves, and long stem which can reach 1m in height. The pale pink flowers are spread along the stem mainly on the upper...
£2.49
ANGELICA
ORIGIN: Angelica is a plant belonging to the Apiaceae family. The fluted stems are composed of jagged leaves made up of numerous small leaflets on short stems, each group forming a ball. The subsequent...
£2.49
ANICE
Annual requiring a sunny position. At the start of august, when the plant is flowering, remove the flowers which are drying out to facilitate later harvest of the fruits which are used to flavour dishes,...
£2.25
Basil ‘Classico Tigullio’ - ..
This is true Ligurian basil from near Portofino, Italy. It is highly perfumed, and traditionally used to make pesto Genovese which is served with trofie pasta, or eaten simply on warm, artisan bread. All...
£2.29
BASIL BOLLOSO NAPOLETANO
Featured on BBC GQT 2/3/12. Large basil with blistered leaves. This variety is only found in Naples and is highly prized for it's flavour. We keep the buffalo in this region and so traditionally it is...
£2.25
BASIL CLASSICO BULK 50g pack
Classic Italian Basil from our award winning range in a 50g pack for restaurant growers........and people who grow larger quantities. Sow all year protected or outside when warm. 9.99
£9.99
BASIL CLASSICO ITALIANO
Basil Classico Italiano - Classic style basil which is also used for making 'pesto' but has a million other uses in the kitchen. The ideal windowsill herb too. Approximate seeds quantity:@4000 Sow: from...
£2.25
BASIL EDIBLE FLOWERS FOR THE..
Milder than the leaf. Great with mozzarella or in Pasta. Sow in the spring and Summer
£2.49
BASIL FOGLIA DI LATTUGA
Wonderful Southern Italian Lettuce leaf basil 'Foglia di Lattuga' with leaves bigger than your hand. In southern Italy (where it is currently snowing heavily from Sicily to Calabria to Sardinia) that is...
£2.25
BASIL GREEK A PALLA
This is a bush variety with smallish leaves and quite a strong flavour. Super for making good basilly sauces and with Red Pear Franchi tomatoes . Approximate seeds quantity:@ 4000. Sow: from February -...
£2.25
BASIL PICCOLO FOGLIE save 40p
Small leafed basil which has an intense flavour. Basil can be grown all year protected if cold and outside if warm. The Romans never ate basil - they thought it would make you go mad!! But we love it !!...
£1.79
BASIL VIOLETTO AROMATICO
Red Basil. Sweeter tasting than regular basil with a slight clove undertone. Approximate seeds quantity:@3200 Sow: from March - mid July
£2.25
BORRAGE
Annual with fast growing leaves which are to be used fresh. The edible flowers can be used frozen in ice-cubes, for decorating food, in punches and port. Sow Mar-end Jul. Approximate seeds quantity:@260...
£2.25
BORRAGE EDIBLE FLOWERS FOR T..
Use especially in a Pimms, port or fruit salad. Beautiful blue flowers. Sow in Spring and summer. Borago officinalis
£2.49
CAPERS
Indoor only. Ideal for pickling in vinegar for later use on pizza and in antipasti. Must be grown in a hot climate, or in a greenhouse/conservatory. Sow from Mar-Jun and add sand and gravel to the soil....
£2.25
CATNIP / CAT GRASS
'Cat Grass' but also referred to as Catnip . Annual which is easy to cultivate. Cats eat the leaves to aid digestion. Contains Lolium and Hordeum grasses. Approximate seeds quantity:@7200 Sow: from March...
£2.25
CHAMOMILE
Dried Chamomile flowers are used to make tea. Dry the plant upside down however. Chamomile tea has calming properties. Sow . Approx 19200 seeds per packet Approximate seeds weight: 1g Sow: from March -...
£2.25
CHAMOMILE GOLD MEDICINAL PACK
ORIGIN: Chamomile is an annual plant, its branched stem is upright and smooth with long, fine leaves. The plant produces numerous flowers which are yellow with white petals. Chamomile prefers half shade...
£2.49
CHERVIL
Annual plant. Adds an excellent flavour to salads and is much used in France in a variety of dishes. 6g. Approximate seeds quantity:@450 Sow: from March - September
£2.25
CHIVES
Ideal for chopping and adding to potato salad. Mild onion flavour. 3g. Approximate seeds quantity:@750 Sow: from February - end June Horticultural name: Allium Schoenoprasum
£2.25
CORIANDER
Many culinary uses for this popular herb. Use the seeds in curries and soups or the leaf which has a strong flavour. 3g. Approximate seeds quantity:@270 Sow: from March - June
£2.25
CRESS
Cress can be grown the whole year and is ready a month after sowing. It compliments eggs exceptionally well. Approximate weight: 6g Approximate: 4200 seeds per packet Sow: All year
£2.25
CUMIN
ORIGIN - Cumin is an annual herb from the Apiaceae family It grows to about 30cm tall in sunny positions and has thin branches of fine leaves. The small white or pink flowers umbrella out and the seeds...
£2.49
DILL - sold out till during ..
Dill was so important in Roman times, it was issued as standard to every garrison. Great with fish and to make Gravadlax. 4g. Approximate seeds quantity:@3600 Sow: from March - June
£2.25
EDIBLE SAGE FLOWERS FOR THE ..
Milder than the leaf. Ideal in mushroom dishes, with beans but overall with pork and in risotto. Sow Spring and summer. Horticultural name: Salvia Officinalis.
£2.49
ERBA STELLA - BUCKSHORN
Called Bucks Horn in English. Added to salads to give a pleasant bitter taste. Herba Stella (Buck Horn, Minutina). Spring, summer, fall, winter. Small plant with rosette of slender green leaves. Extremely...
£2.25
FIENO GRECO - FENUGREEK
ORIGIN: Fenugreek is and annual herb from the fabaceae family. Each leaf is made up of a cluster of 3 grooved leaves on an upright stem and the white/lemon coloured flowers grow at the base of the leaf...
£2.49
GARDEN BURNETT SAVE 40P
Garden Burnett is a perennial and has cucumber tasting leaves. Approximate seeds quantity:@450 Sow: from mid March - end June Horticultural name: Sanguisorma Minor
£1.79
GHIGLIONE PESTO GENOVESE FRO..
Not only at Franchi seeds do we sell authentic basil from Liguria, but we insist on doing things properly, on regionality and so of course we import now real, authentic pesto from Liguria from Ghiglione...
£4.00
GL DENTE DI LEONE - DANDELIO..
ORIGIN: Taraxacum officinale, commonly called Dandelion, is a herbaceous perennial plant that grows from long, thick taproots. The intense green leaves are serrated and the plant produces yellow flowers...
£2.49
ISOPPO - HYSSOP
ORIGIN: Herb Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family.Hyssop is a brightly colored shrub or subshrub. Its stem is woody at the base, from which grow...
£2.49
LAVENDER SPIGA VERA
Use the dried flowers to flavour homemade biscuits, with pork and for perfume pouches. Lavender oil can relieve headaches. 1g. Approximate seeds quantity:@950 Sow: from February - end September
£2.25
LEMON BALM ON SALE - SAVE 40p
Lemon Balm has a wonderful lemon fragrance. The leaves can be used as a garnish to sorbetto ice-cream, cocktails and dried to make herbal tea. Approximate seeds quantity:@2000 Sow: from March - July
£1.79
LIMONCELLA - LEMON BALM MEDI..
ORIGIN: Lemon Balm is a perennial herb belonging to the Lamiaceae family. It grows to about 80cm tall and the hairy oval leaves are highly perfumed with a scent similar to lemon. Easy to grow, it can be...
£2.49
LOVAGE
Known as mountain celery in Italy due to it's flavour. Leaves like parsley. It can spread (like mint) so plant into pots and plant the whole pot into the soil. Approximate seeds quantity:@3000 Sow: from...
£2.25
MALVA - COMMON MALLOW
ORIGIN : Known as common mallow, Malva Sylvestris is a bushy plant which produces bright mauve-purple flowers with dark veins from April to October; a handsome plant, often standing 3 or 4 feet (1 m) high...
£2.49
MARIGOLD TAGETES EDIBLE FLOW..
Citrus flavour, great with salads and fish. Sow in Spring and summer.
£2.49
MENTA PEPERITA - PEPPERMINT ..
ORIGIN: Mint is an herbaceous perennial plant growing to 50 70 cm tall, with smooth stems, which spreads by producing underground runners or rhizomes. The leaves are dark green with reddish veins, pointed...
£2.49
NETTLES
Young nettles are used in the same way as spinach, boiled and served or used with ricotta to make nettle and ricotta ravioli or an excellent risotto. Nettles are seriously good eating. Used since ancient...
£2.25
ORIGANO
The dried leaves are indispensable on Pizza's and Breads. Harvest all year round. 1g. Approximate seeds quantity:@6000 Sow: from March - September Horticultural name: Origanum Volgare.
£2.25