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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
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Including new T-shirts from September '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.
BASIL TIGULLIO FROM LIGURIA
Real Ligurian Basil from near Portofino and traditionally used to make Pesto Genovese. Sow in spring and summer.
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.
BRAND ONE BIO STIMULATOR FERTILISER BY VALAGRO w..
Mineral NPK 5,5-5-7,5. Brand One Bio Stimulator with added feed is unique in the market and produce by the respected Valagro Company. It contains seaweed, is concentrated and gives a natural explosion after the first feed even giving visible results after just one week in some case and increasing...
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...
ELEPHANT GARLIC ´AGLIO ELEFANTE´ UK ONLY
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.
FRENCH RED GARLIC UK ONLY
G4. UK ONLY. Soft neck Red garlic bulbs from Drome in Rhone-Alps, France in 500g (1/2kg) bags (about 5-6 large bulbs). Sow from Oct-Apr . The best quality.
GARLIC BIANCO VENETO Soft Neck UK ONLY *in stoc..
G1. UK only - 'Venetian White'. A small-regional mid sized white garlic with excellent flavour from the coldest region of Italy which is not by accident! Its all about provenance and you will have a variety that will prosper in the cold and store well when lifted. Pack of 3 with attractive packaging....
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 PINE NUTS PINOLI 50g PACKET
*Buy 2 or more for £6 each*. It is almost impossible to find Italian pine nuts in the UK and they are up to 3 times larger, long, nutty and with no black bits. Most of all, they are super high quality and full of flavour with overtones of orange. In Italy we would use them to make Pesto Genovese,...
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 COLOUR CARROTS
This pack contains white, orange and yellow carrot varieties. Sow from about Feb-Jun.
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.
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.