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Our new instore pop-up deli is perfect and filled with products you'd never find in the supermarket.
The Oldest family run seed company in the world, we specialise in "Italy from the Seed to the plate" being the importers for the Franchi seed brand, the oldest family run seed company in the world but we are passionate about the provenance and regionality of everything we sell. We were found to be the most ethical major packet seed brand by Ethical Consumer Magazine, we're Vegetarian Society and Slow Food UK approved, RHS medal winners and our store has a 5* Food Hygiene Rating.
Come and visit our store 'The Little Italian Market' at D2 Phoenix Business Pk, Rosslyn Cres, Harrow, Middx, HA1 2SP, 0208 427 5020. Nearest Tube Harrow & Wealdstone open office hours (Mon-Fri 0930 to 1700).
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*New - Authentic Hand Made Portable Patented Food Certified Wood Burning pizza ovens from Tuscany* £650+vat
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
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...
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 coloured bow as illustrated, wood wool cushion and a gift tag.
ITALIAN PINE NUTS PINOLI 20g PACKET
AS FEATURED ON FOOD UNWRAPPED 02/03/15 & 23/11/15 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 with...
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
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. Horticultural name: Daucus Carota
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
PIZZA OVEN WOOD BURNING/SMOKER. 70x70cm/ 55KG, P..
Mainland UK only 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 portable and whilst large,...
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 ROMA
Bella Roma travel poster print from the 30's. A5 or choose larger A3
POSTER ART DECO SORRENTO
Sorrento travel poster print. A3 format
POSTER ART DECO VENICE GONDOLA
An iconic art deco image of Venice. 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 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 days to maturity
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...