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Endangered vegetable varieties from Franchi seeds

Any food or vegetable varieties that are on the Slow Food 'Ark of Taste' are deemed to be at risk either because they are produced in a very very small geographical area, or maybe only one or two producers still exist or it may be because these old varieties are not friends of mechanisation and so fall out of favour, or just not profitable.
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Zolfini beans from Pratomagno, an endangered variety

This variety is produced in only 3 towns in Tuscany and was thought to be extinct in the 1970's. Read on to learn more about it and how you can help save this variety....
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What can you sow in your vegetable plot from Sep-Nov

We are the best country in the world at sowing in spring and not so good at sowing in the autumn. This will help you decide what to sow and when.
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What is Italian 00 or Semola flour and how should you use it?

You hear the term banded about, but what exactly is 00 flour and how and when should you use it?
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How to grow, harvest, prep and serve your Zucchini Courgette Flowers

So many people grow zucchini and don't ever harvest the flowers to eat. It isn't poncy and have you ever heard of anyone anywhere dying from eating the yellow flowers of edible courgettes? Discover how to sow, harvest, prep and serve your own flowers and you will wonder why you never ate them before.....
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Real Agretti from the Medietteranean basin, not Japanese Okahijiki

Real agretti is found ONLY in the Mediterranean basin and is NOT Japanese Salsola Okahijiki which is much harder to grow. Read on to see how to grow it and how to eat it!
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Fregola toasted pasta from Sardigna

Fregola is a traditional toasted pasta bigger than couscous and really delicious to eat. Here is a great recipe from Pasta Grannies to show you how to use your Fregola which is available from us online
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Our new 2018 catalogue is out

View our new seeds of Italy 2018 seed, preserving and ingredients catalogue now on issuu, PDF, paper catalogue and online.
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Radicchio and Chicory from seed to plate

Sown in the summer for the autumn and winter. This misunderstood leaf has huge health benefits, is grown when you pull out your tomatoes and beans and will go through the winter. What is there not to like?
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Tomatoes - from the Book 'From Seed to Plate'

Say Italy, think Tomatoes. This taken from my own book 'From seed to plate'. Enjoy, and especially the recipes.
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Growing Appreciation for Borough Market Franchi 'Seed Embassy'

A wonderful link on the Franchi 'Seed Embassy' @ Borough Market by Allotmenteer and writer Jojo Tulloh. Dive in to Borough Market and discover where it all starts, with the right seed.
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What to grow for winter

Charles has been a market gardener growing veg for over 35 years and specialises in leaves though has experience in most veg. We supply Charles with a few of our winter varieties and whilst you are thinking of what to sow now, consider what you will sow throughout the year for a continuous supply. http://www.charlesdowding.co.uk/product/how-to-grow-winter-vegetables
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Focus on tomatoes

At the start of every new year, the first seed that gardeners think of is the tomato. And if you say tomato, you think Italy. Paolo Arrigo takes you on a journey around Italy in Tomatoes.
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Asparagus, this season's hottest shades.

It’s asparagus season and enthusiasts can now try out purple and white varieties as well as our beloved green
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Radicchio and Chicories - a story told through New Covent Garden Market

It's all in the title, a highlight of some of the main varieties sold at the famous New Covent Garden market.
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The 11 Easiest Italian Vegetables to Grow

Ever wanted to know which are the easiest Italian veggies to grow?
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My 5 best things to use with Olive Oil

Olive oil. Trendy. But there is a lot of cheap oil out there without the flavour of ggod, honest, traditional artisan oils full of character and flavour. These are my 5 best ways to enjoy good oil.
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Nuvo Magazine - Seed Guardians

Writer Isabel Nanton Seven generations ago, when Mozart was penning Mitridate, re di Ponto in Italy, a certain Sig. Franchi was nurturing exquisite seeds, which still endure today in the family firm. It is not for nothing that Italy is known as a nexus of good food, where, at the end of the day, it is all about the seeds.
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Mushroom Picking with Seeds of Italy

Another in the Pasta Grannies series, Paolo Arrigo and his mother (A true pasta granny!) go looking for Porcini mushrooms, and their competitiveness really comes out!
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Franchi TV Advert

This TV spot is really great and will give you a great insight into the company. Enjoy. The only major seed brand selling in the UK that have produced their own seeds for their own packets.
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How to chop onions without the tears!

Do you always cry when cutting onions? Here's how to avoid it!
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Demo Theatre at Franchi Seeds of Italy

Store.... and demo theatre. We are always putting on great events and cooking demo's, talks and the like. Come along to one of our events.
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Pasta grannies, how to make meatballs

How to make real Italian meatballs with polenta. You can grow most of the ingredients from the tomatoes to the polenta from Franchi seeds!!
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Our new Store in London

To say our new store is cool is an understatement. Walk in past our 1968 Fiat 500F which we use for garden centre promotions and into the store which is based around a Roman Villa facade, complete with display grade Roman armour, 90 year old accordions. Italy from Seed to Plate 800+ Franchi Seeds / Provisions / Cookshop / Preserving / Gifts / Profumeria Tuscan Perfumes / Pizza Oven Showroom - Mon to Fri 0915 - 1700.
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Making Passata

We often get asked how to make passata, not just liquidised tomatoes, but proper velvetty passata and how to store it in jars. Here's how.....
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