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About Italian Seeds Pronto
We are a seed business established in 2008 to import and distribute within New Zealand the authentic vegetable and herb seed of Franchi Sementi dal 1783. Sementi (means seed in Italian)
It is quite remarkable to think, that this is a seed company formed only 14 years after Captain James Cook and astronomer Charles Green observed the transit of Mercury at Te Whanganui-a-hei (Mercury Bay), on the Coromandel Peninsula. An astute Sea Captain who ensured his crew had fresh vegetables daily to avoid the dreaded scurvy.
2018 marks 235 years since Franchi has been top of mind for savvy kitchen gardeners, and in more recent times chefs throughout the world by offering their range of original varieties ( heirloom), some dating back to the 17th and 18th century selected for superior taste. We are also impressed Franchi (pronounced Frankie) are the only seed company to be invited to participate in the International Slow Food events in Torino.
The diet of many New Zealanders has been influenced through accessibility to global travel and the discovery of fresh flavoursome Italian produce found in the many farmers markets and regional ristorante. Freshness and simplicity will always remain the two great qualities of Italian cooking. Most food and wine travellers ‘in the know’ understand the importance of regional Italian cooking and we will endeavour to supply regional varieties to inspire your cooking.
The range represented here is but a fraction of what is available from Franchi, with each new shipment we try to import more seed varieties. Every varietal is chosen for flavour and suitability to New Zealand's varying climate so we are not about having the largest range on offer - only the very best seeds that can be grown sucessfully for flavour. Germination rate of Franchi seed is very high.
All the seeds are packed at Franchi in Bergamo, Northern Italy and not sent as bulk seed to New Zealand for re-packing.
The larger than normal stylish Franchi packets contain a very generous quantity of seed. In most cases more than 3 times that of many seed companies globally. This high seed quantity is normal for Europe. Most are double-sealed for freshness and the 3-year use by date ensures excellent value for money.All prices are GST inclusive.
Nationwide Postal Delivery $4 and Nationwide Postal Rural Delivery $7.70 this applies for one packet or 100 plus packets
Seeds on this site can only be sent within New Zealand.
This seed shop is closed May 8th until June 11th 2018 orders received during this time will be dispatched 11th June . During this time we urge you to check the stores who sell Franchi from the list on this website
know the origin of your seeds,grow your own produce,eat well.