Italian Seeds Pronto understand the importance of regional Italian cooking Italian Seeds Pronto are the New Zealand distributors of Franchi vegetable seed and Franchi herb seed Franchi vegetable and herb seed for discerning kitchen gardeners Franchi Sementi for Italian regional varieties Franchi Sementi offers a range of heirloom varieties selected for superior taste!Cavolo Nero Laciniato, Cime di rapa, Basil Napoletano, Radicchio rossa di treviso, Wild rocket, Celeriac, Artichoke Violetta Lunga, Cardoon, Fennel Montebianco
Herbs


Basil  (Basilico) Bolloso Napoletano DBO13/8

Basil (Basilico) Bolloso Napoletano DBO13/8

‘Blistered leaf from Naples’ Famous Neapolitan large leafed basil with intense aromatics and flavour. Has many uses. In Italy it is sometimes used for wrapping Mozzarella balls. Sow outside or transplant late spring into a sunny position. 8g approx
Basilico DBO13/8
NZD $7.50

Basil (Basilico)  Foglie di lattuga DBO13/3

Basil (Basilico) Foglie di lattuga DBO13/3

‘Lettuce leaf basil’ has huge leaves the size of your hand and a mild taste and does best in a warm sunny position in light fertile soil. Sow outside or transplant in late spring and thin to 1cm deep x15cm apart. This is not a basil to make Pesto but instead use for wrappimg. 8g approx 3000 seeds.
Basilico DBO13/3
NZD $7.50


Basil (Basilico)  Italiano Classico DBO13/2

Basil (Basilico) Italiano Classico DBO13/2

ON BACK ORDER UNTIL DEC 20TH 2018 Everyone loves basil. This is classic basil at its best; brilliant green and highly aromatic. This is the basil to make pesto. Sow outside or transplant late spring, thin to 25x10cm. Basil hates cool weather so ensure you have it in a warm environment. 8g approx 3000 seeds.  
Basilico DBO13/2
NZD $7.50

Basil Misticanza di Basilico GLBA 13/15

Basil Misticanza di Basilico GLBA 13/15

   Franchi Golden Line. A superior mixture of 12 different basil varieties with varying coloured leaves for flavour and aromatics including cinnamon,limone,thai siam,classico and red rubin. Ideal for growing in containers. 10g packet
Misticanza Basilico GLBA13/15
NZD $8.00

Capers (Cappero )DBA 20/2

Capers (Cappero )DBA 20/2

  A native to the Mediterranean, Capers require a dry heat and intense sunlight to thrive. Put the seeds in foil pkt in cool part of fridge for four  weeks prior to germination. Germination can take some time so be very patient. With tweezers carefully grip the seed and rub one side with an emery board a few times. This will wear off the  some of the thick coat to reach the germ within.Soak seeds in warm water overnight. Then, blot the seeds on kitchen paper and plant into moist cacti and succulent mix.Cover lightly.Insulate the seed tray on top with layer of damp newspaper and keep warm until germination begins. A heat pad will work well. THANKS TO THE LATE GREAT VIRGIL EVETTS FOR THIS GERMINATION ADVICE  They may have flowers the first year but it is more likely to flower the second season. After the plant is established they can live for decades. Caper plants are very attractive and highly aromatic. Capers are ideal pickled for later use in antipasto or added to seafood pasta dishes 1g
Cappero DBA 20/2
NZD $8.00


Chervil (Cerfoglio)Comune DBA36/1

Chervil (Cerfoglio)Comune DBA36/1

  Chervil has a subtle aniseed flavour reminiscent of tarragon, like a subtle blend of parsley and tarragon. A hardy biennial plant best grown as an annual. Direct sow 1cm deep in late spring-summer and keep out of direct sun. If the leaves turn pinkish the plant is too hot and all the flavour is lost. Will self-seed freely. Chervil is at its best when matched with delicate foods such as fish,soft fresh cheeses or Asparagus. 8 gram packet
Cerfoglio Comune DBA36/1
NZD $7.50

Chives (Erba Cipollina)DBA53/1

Chives (Erba Cipollina)DBA53/1

Early well-known annual. Chives have thier own delicate onion flavour which is why its doesn't survive lengthy cooking. Easy to grow in full sun and rich moist soil. Keep clipped to stimulate growth. The edible chive flowers can be used in salads. 2g packet    
Erba Cipollina DBA 53/1
NZD $7.50

French Thyme  Timo Di Provenza DBA 132/2

French Thyme Timo Di Provenza DBA 132/2

  A staple in Mediterranean cooking. Provence thyme is so much more aromatic and sweeter than English Thyme. Perennial thyme needs to be planted in spring in an area that gets full sun. Preserve by drying or freezing. I cannot stress enough how good this thyme is in cooking. 0.5gram packet
Timo Di Provenza DBA132/2
NZD $7.50


Marjoram gentile  (sweet marjoram) DBA88/1

Marjoram gentile (sweet marjoram) DBA88/1

Sweet Marjoram has sweet ,mild  aromatics similar to oregano but not as strong and aggresive and will grow to 80cm as a perennial in warmers areas. Plant under cover in early spring or direct in warm weather. At its peak just before it flowers.Fresh tomato salad sprinkled with marjoram is a simple but delicious combination. Its sweet flavour is great in frittatas and goats cheese 1g approx 4000 seeds.
Maggiorana DBA88/1
NZD $7.50

Oregano (Origano) DBA94/1

Oregano (Origano) DBA94/1

No Neapolitan cooking is complete without the use of origano whether fresh of dried. It is a staple in Italian cuisine. Retains its flavour in hot dishes if it’s added toward the end of cooking. A robust plant with large leaves and a robust flavour to match. Very easy to grow. Pick the leaves in the morning, once the sun warms up the leaves they begin to lose the oils that provide taste and aroma. 0.5g approx 6000 seeds
Origano DBA94/1
NZD $7.50

Peppermint (Menta) Piperita DBA 92/1

Peppermint (Menta) Piperita DBA 92/1

There are many types of mint but this is the one most used in Italy. This hardy perennial is easy to grow from seed, so direct sow in Spring. The flavour is a not as robust as many other peppermints. Try making homemade peppermint syrup that is very popular in the north of Italy. The syrup can be used for flavouring drinks, cakes, desserts. Best suited for pots as it spreads very quickly in the soil. 5 gram packet
Menta Piperita DBA 92/1
NZD $7.50


St Johns Wort (Iperico erba di san giovanni) DBO75/50

St Johns Wort (Iperico erba di san giovanni) DBO75/50

A perennial plant with extensive creeping rhizomes.Stems are erect,leaves yellow -green: the flowers with 5 petals are bright yellow. Sow almost year round with the exception of high summer temps.Plant in a sunny position with a light cover of soil,then gently water in. Used mainly for medicinal purposes.0.5g
Iperico erba di san giovanni DBO 75/50
NZD $7.50

Tarragon(Dragoncella) DBA 52/1

Tarragon(Dragoncella) DBA 52/1

ON BACK ORDER UNTIL 20TH DECEMBER 2018 An intense flavoured  Tarragon(artemisia dracunculus)  which has a slender soft leaf  as opposed to the large Russian leaf variety.Tarragon is very useful in many culinary dishes for its pronounced aniseed /liquorice/fennel flavour. Start seeds off under cover and plant out in a sunny position early spring. Seed can take  time to germinate so patience is required.  Perfect with chicken,fish and egg dishes. Plant will grow  to around 1 metre in height and spreads.  French Tarragon's Latin name is  dracunculus and Tarragon in Italian is dragoncello 0.3g
Tarragon (Dragoncello)DBA 52/1
NZD $7.50

Pesto ingredients

Pesto ingredients



Rosmarino DBO116/1

Rosmarino DBO116/1

The classic perennial herb. Rosemary grows very well from seed but can be slow to germinate(2-3 weeks) 0.15g pkt
Rosmarino DBA116/1
NZD $7.50

Sorrel (Acetosa) DBA1/1

Sorrel (Acetosa) DBA1/1

This sorrel has large soft green leaves that can be used as additional leaf for a salad mix or because sorrel's lemony tartness is so pronounced it adds interest to foods like,fish,eggs,potatoes. Try sorrel soup. Best to direct sow in early spring in a sunny postion 3g pkt  
Sorrel (Acetosa)DBA 1/1
NZD $7.50