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Other Vegetables



Artichoke ( Carciofo) Violetto Precoce DBO21/2

Artichoke ( Carciofo) Violetto Precoce DBO21/2

 Violet artichoke from Tuscany. Spineless,thornless medium size artichoke with delicately nutty flavoured, fleshy buds and rich violet colouration. These buds are less iron flavoured than the larger varieties. The edible bits are delicious sliced finely and added to salad leaves, a little dressing and shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano. Sow under cover in early spring / autumn and transplant, or sow direct into well drained soil. Thin to 80cm spacing. Artichokes are very attractive plants so can be easily incorporated into a non-vegetable garden space. 3g approx 70 seeds
Carciofo DBO21/2
NZD $7.50


Artichoke (Carciofo) Green Globe DBO 21/9

Artichoke (Carciofo) Green Globe DBO 21/9

This is a traditional green globe artichoke which is new to Franchi in 2014. It is as  expected quite a large plant that is hardy. The shape is conical. The buds are bigger than the Violetto. 3g pkt  
Artichoke Green Globe
NZD $7.50

Artichoke (Carciofo) Violetta

Artichoke (Carciofo) Violetta


Asparagus  (Asparago)Argenteuil DBO 5/1

Asparagus (Asparago)Argenteuil DBO 5/1

A French heirloom aspagarus developed in the 18th century. It grew around a convent founded by Charlemagne in the 7th century. Argenteuil is synonymous with white asparagus. Produces large 2cm thick silver green/purple spears earlier in the spring than most varieties. Plant seed to produce crowns in the first year and then move to a more permanent position. 1st year leave it but the 2nd year cut half. Can adapt to a wide variety of free draining soils. Needs full to semi-sun. Will produce for 20 years. 4 gram packet approx 200 seeds
Asparago Argenteuil DBO5/1
NZD $7.50


Black Tuscan Kale (Cavolo Nero) di Toscana DBO35/7

Black Tuscan Kale (Cavolo Nero) di Toscana DBO35/7

 Kale. A native of Tuscany also known as Black Kale. Franchi Lacinato Nero di Toscana is considered the best quality Kale available by many International chefs. A dark green colour that turns almost black when cooked. . Essential  vegetable to make the Florentine National dish Ribollita Toscana.  Try pan fried  potato and chorizo with cavolo nero . Develops more flavour as it grows so choose leaves about 20cm. Thrives in the cooler temperatures. Tuscan kale is more tender than most kales so use the baby leaves in a salad mix. Direct plant 2-3 seeds every 20cm, and thin to one plant. 8g packet
Cavolo Laciniato DBO35/7
NZD $7.50

Broccoli  ( Cavolo Broccolo) Ramosa Calabrese DBO25/23

Broccoli ( Cavolo Broccolo) Ramosa Calabrese DBO25/23

“Sprouting Broccoli from Calabria” is a tender variety with a superior taste, and produces plenty side shoots. Compact med sized head. Sow in seed boxes and transplant or direct sow 50cm apart from summer through to spring. Allow 60 –80 days to pick. Small florets will grow back after harvesting. 7g approx 1200 seeds.
Cavolo Broccolo DBO25/23
NZD $7.50

Broccoli Spigariello  ( friarielli) Broccoletti DBO 25/26

Broccoli Spigariello ( friarielli) Broccoletti DBO 25/26

   Friarielli. One of the most sought after,iconic and renowned vegetables of Italy. Fast growing,high quality and depth of flavour. Used traditionally on Pizza in Naples with olives and chillior with sausages  When you pick the central flower the plant begins to produce side shoots (spigariello) that have tiny florets. Friarielli is sort of a kind of broccoli which is  grown  also  for immature edible leaves.Neopolitans go crazy for this vegetable! 4 gram packet.  
Broccoli Spigariello DBO 25/26
NZD $7.50


Cabbage (Cavolo Verza) San Michele DBO 33/15

Cabbage (Cavolo Verza) San Michele DBO 33/15

Please note - this cabbage come from an apline region of Italy and requires very cool temps to form a head. Savoy-type cabbage from a cooler province of northern Italy. Green crinkly tender leaves with some red/purple colour in the centre and a mild sweet flavour. A spectacular- looking plant with a large firm head. The taste improves with the cooler weather. 80-90 days. 8g packet
Cavolo Verza San Michele DBO 33/
NZD $7.50

Carrot (Carota) Da Foraggio  Jaune Du Doubs DBO 23/40

Carrot (Carota) Da Foraggio Jaune Du Doubs DBO 23/40

Dates back to the 16th century. This rustic saffron-yellow French heirloom comes from the town of Doubs in the central East of France. Once used just for forage but then discovered for its culinary quality. A late variety that is a good reliable producer. The long tapered roots have a crisp texture and a lingering sweet flavour. Colour is more pronounced when cooked. Plant directly 1cm deep into prepared friable soil, spring to early summer in rows 15-20cm apart. Thin to 8-10cm and keep weed free. 8 gram packet
Carota Jaune Du Doubs DBO 23/40
NZD $7.70

Cauliflower  ( Cavolfiore) Romanesco DBO30/51

Cauliflower ( Cavolfiore) Romanesco DBO30/51

“The cauliflower of Roma”  also called Broccoli Romanesco but Franchi classifies it as a cauliflower. Light lime -green long pointed heads that spiral into a point. It has a sweet nutty  taste. Plant in fertile soil in late summer for autumn–winter picking. 4g approx 1000 seeds.
Cavolfiore DBO30/51
NZD $7.50


Cauliflower (cavolfiore) Di Jesi DBO 30/15

Cauliflower (cavolfiore) Di Jesi DBO 30/15

"Cauliflower  from Jesi" is a very old regional variety from Le Marche. It is a very early (around 65 days)  vigorous plant with long ribbed leves.The head  is of medium size with creamy-white spiralling florets. A good early variety for autumn sowing. 4 gram pkt
Cavolfiore Di Jesi DBO30/15
NZD $7.50

Cauliflower (Cavolfiore) Di Sicilia Violetto DBO 30/29

Cauliflower (Cavolfiore) Di Sicilia Violetto DBO 30/29

Regional Cauliflower variety from Sicily.  This is a vigourous plant with broad grey- green leaves and an awesome purple head. Sadly, after cooking this colour diminishes. Plant for harvest in spring or autumn. Direct sow or 5 week transplants. Will form side shoots after the main head is cut.Around 80 days 4g packet
Cavolfiore Di Sicilia DBO 30/29
NZD $7.50

Cauliflower (Cavolfiore) Verde Di Macerata DBO 30/30

Cauliflower (Cavolfiore) Verde Di Macerata DBO 30/30

A  bright lime or apple-green early cauliflower with a compact head from Macerata on the Adriatic coast, known for producing exceptional cauliflowers. Will keep its colour when cooked.Sow Dec-Feb for autumn- winter eating in about 90 days. Good for winter tabbouleh with lots of parsley mint and pomegranate seeds. Awesome flavour! 4g packet  
Cavolfiore Macerata DBO 30/30
NZD $7.50


Eggplant (Melanzana) Black Beauty DBO 90/21

Eggplant (Melanzana) Black Beauty DBO 90/21

An heirloom variety since 1902. This is a mid-early extremely productive eggplant that is a bushy spreading plant. You will need to stake early to support these large tear-drop-shaped purple-black fruits. A good choice of variety if you want to use large slices for a dish. #impressive #eggplant 4g
Eggplant Black Beauty DBO 90/21
NZD $7.50

Eggplant(Melanzana)  tonda bianca sfumata di rosa DBOS 90/43

Eggplant(Melanzana) tonda bianca sfumata di rosa DBOS 90/43

  'Selezione Speciale'  Also called Romanesca . Mid/early vigourous bushy plant producing very tasty rounded large white fruits with beautiful lilac shading. Firm white flesh with very few seeds. Direct sow 1cm deep when soil has warmed up or grow from 8 week transplants. Space to 40-50cm and provide support. High yielding in  80 days Eggplants need sunlight to thrive 3 grams approx 350 seeds
Melanzana Tonda Bianca DBOS90/43
NZD $8.00

Eggplant(Melanzana) Prosperosa

Eggplant(Melanzana) Prosperosa

  Selezione Speciale. Mid/early variety. The name of this round eggplant translates as "prosperous" because it is a good flavoursome  variety for Italian  markets. It has shiny  lavender-purple skin and the fruits are medium sized with very few seeds.  Very high yielding .Around 80 days 3g pkt  
Melanzana Prosperosa DBOS 90/15
NZD $8.00


Eggplant(Melanzana) Violetta Lunga DBO90/1

Eggplant(Melanzana) Violetta Lunga DBO90/1

‘The classic Italian eggplant’ Beautiful glossy deep purple hues. Long slightly curved rustic Italian eggplant grown throughout Italy. It is firmer and a little sweeter than other varieties. Use for traditional dishes such as Melanzana alla Parmigiana or warm Moroccan salad with tomatoes and coriander. Good reliable producer in around 70 days. Grow from 8 week old seedlings or direct sow when soil is warm, space 40 to 50 cm apart and provide support. 4g approx 400 seeds.
Melanzana violetta lunga DBO90/1
NZD $7.50

Leek (Porro) Di Delft DBO107/12

Leek (Porro) Di Delft DBO107/12

A late variety of leek with thick white stems. A very hardy plant with excellent resistance to low temperatures. 6 gram packet
Leek (Porro) Di Delft DBO 107/12
NZD $7.50

Onion  ( Cipolla) Tropea Rosso Lunga DBO43/25

Onion ( Cipolla) Tropea Rosso Lunga DBO43/25

Mid-early variety. Red/pink onions from Tropea in Southern Italy have been famous for centuries. These elongated bulbs with pinkish skin are great for eating raw and also for mkaing onion jam. They will keep for a few months. Direct seed or transplant in spring. Thin to 10cm apart in rows.    4 grams approx 1000 seeds    
Cipolla DBO4 3/25
NZD $7.50


Onion  ( Cipolla) Tropea Rosso Tonda DBO43/22

Onion ( Cipolla) Tropea Rosso Tonda DBO43/22

   Mid to late variety. The most famous of all Italian red onions and possibly the highest-quality red onion in Italy. This Calabrian variety is very sweet and ideal for making onion paste and for stuffings. Changes from white when young to red in maturity It stores very well in a shady cool room. Sow in Spring and Autumn. 5g approx 1250 seeds. 
Cipolla DBO43/22
NZD $7.50

Onion ( Cipolla) Piatta Di Bergamo DBO 43/1

Onion ( Cipolla) Piatta Di Bergamo DBO 43/1

  Mid early variety"Flat onion of Bergamo" (Franchi's home) is a small flat cipolla-type reddish brown onion with pinkish- white flesh. An excellent storage onion. Can be used for cooking or really great as small pickles. Grow from transpants or direct sow. 2.5g  packet      
Cipolla Piatta di Bergamo 43/1
NZD $7.50

Onion (Cipolla ) Barletta DBO 42/1

Onion (Cipolla ) Barletta DBO 42/1

A small white salad onion with a bulb about 2cm in diameter and slightly flat at maturity. Direct sow in spring after last frosts and keep well weeded. The thinnings can be used in salads. 4gram packet
Cipolla Barletta DBo42/1
NZD $7.50


Onion (Cipolla) Ramata Di Milano DBO43/3

Onion (Cipolla) Ramata Di Milano DBO43/3

Large golden  straw-brown onion from  Milan.  Top-shaped tapering onion with crisp white flesh.  Stores very well 4g pkt
Cipolla Ramata Di Milano DBO 43/3
NZD $7.50

Onion (cipolla) Rossa Lunga Di Firenze DBO42/23

Onion (cipolla) Rossa Lunga Di Firenze DBO42/23

Long torpedo-shaped heirloom onion from Florence that is so regional ts not found in any other part of Tuscany. Sweet flesh with high sugar content. Around 10cm in length. Direct seed or transplant in spring and keep weed free.Great grilled or eaten raw in salads 4g packet
Rossa Lunga Di FirenzeDBO 42/23
NZD $7.50

Onion (Cipollotto) Da Mazzi DBOS42/34

Onion (Cipollotto) Da Mazzi DBOS42/34

Selezione Speciale. Bunching onions with long slim white stems. The Italians call this a chive but its more like a spring onion. Sow this fast grower from July to December in succession for a longer cropping period. Has excellent flavour. 5g packet
Cipollotto da Mazzi DBOS42/34
NZD $8.30


Onion(Cipolla) Rossa SavoneseDBO 42/26

Onion(Cipolla) Rossa SavoneseDBO 42/26

 From Savona along the Ligurian coast in the north of Italy. This mid early red/pink onion is mild so great to eat raw or makes pastes. The shape is flattish- round. 4g packet
Cipolla Rossa Savonese 42/26
NZD $7.50

Pepper Piccante Calabrese DBOS97/115

Pepper Piccante Calabrese DBOS97/115

OUR BEST CHILLI PEPPER! Franchi Selezione Speciale  early very hot variety from Calabria. A cherry chilli pepper with round, red fruit about 5cm in diameter. Quite a hot pepper and previously called “Satan’s kiss”. This chilli pepper has full round flavour  to compliment the heat , Use fresh, dry or pickle. Like all peppers start off from Spring in a protected area sowing them 1cm in depth. They must have light and heat at this stage. Italian peppers can take a little longer to germinate . Transplant outside after the last frosts.2.5g approx 300 seeds.
Peperone Calabrese DBOS97/115
NZD $7.70

Peppers (Peperone) Friggitello DBO97/101

Peppers (Peperone) Friggitello DBO97/101

Famous Neapolitan sweet eat-all pepper also known as Friariello. A crisp sweet pepper thats also good to pick when green and sauteed or added to salads  Turns brilliant red when mature.   A very productive plant. 1.5g pkt
Peperone Frigatello DBO97/101
NZD $7.70


Pumpkin(Zucca) Marina di Chioggia DBO145/2

Pumpkin(Zucca) Marina di Chioggia DBO145/2

An heirloom pumpkin from the seaside area of  Chioggia ( key-ohj-jah ) near Venice. Abundant  turban-shaped medium-large size fruits that are deep blue-green. The deep yellow orange flesh is very sweet but not sugary,the texture creamy smooth. The deep orange flesh is used for  pumpkin ravioli and gnocchi in northern Italy . Excellent storer.  Franchi have provided us with the BEST tasting pumpkin ever! Plant seeds 2cm deep early spring, in hills. 4g approx 13 + seeds.
Zucca Marina Di Chioggia DBO145/2
NZD $7.50

Salsify (Scorzonera) Verbeterde Reuzen Nietschieters DBO 122/1

Salsify (Scorzonera) Verbeterde Reuzen Nietschieters DBO 122/1

  Black salisfy is similar in taste to a subtle flavoured artichoke with a hint of asparagus. You can use the young  leaves in salad. A winter vegetable that grows with very long tapering roots at 25cm. Direct sow 2cm deep while soils are still warm for winter or late winter harvesting. 5g packet
Salsify Scorzonera Noire DBO 122/1
NZD $7.50

Spinach (Spinacio) Matador DBO 127/13

Spinach (Spinacio) Matador DBO 127/13

This spinach comes very highly recommended by our Franchi colleagues in the U.S. A dark green  hardy plant with very smooth leaves. Excellent taste. Ideal for salad leaf mixtures. 14 gram pkt
Spinach(spinacio) DBO 127/13
NZD $7.50


Spinach (Spinacio)Merlo Nero DBO127/20

Spinach (Spinacio)Merlo Nero DBO127/20

‘Blackbird’ small brilliant green open-pollinated Spinach which is slow to bolt. Ready for picking in around 50 days. Direct sow autumn and spring and pick when leaves are young and tender. Avoid the heat of mid summer. Holds together well when cooked.  #spinach and ricotta lasagna 14g approx 1000 seeds.
Spinacio DBO127/20
NZD $7.50

Zucchini Fiorentino DBO146/52

Zucchini Fiorentino DBO146/52

A long green zucchini and quite deeply ribbed. Fiorentino is a large robust plant and a good producer of firm,fleshy fruits with a great nutty flavour. Lots of flowers for stuffing and remember to pick when quite small to fully appreciate the trademark flavour of this variety. A favourite of many chefs 10 gram packet
Zucchino Fiorentino DBO146/52
NZD $7.50

Zucchini Romanesco DBO146/11

Zucchini Romanesco DBO146/11

a foodies favourite.. a good producer of grey/green  fruit with characteristic  ribs. Excellent  creamy,sweet flesh and good texture. Produces many flower blossoms over a long  season. This zucchini does not turn watery when big however for best flavour pick when quite small.  Stuff flowers with the many options available including fresh ricotta finely chopped spinach and nutmeg. 10 g pkt        
Zucchino Romanesco DBO146/11
NZD $7.50


Zucchino Striato D'Italia DBO 146/2

Zucchino Striato D'Italia DBO 146/2

  This is classic tasty striped zucchini. Dark green with light green stripes and small ribbing. A productive bushy plant with med size fruits yielding up to 5 k of fruit per plant. plant 2cm deep after last frosts.  Does well in cool weather. Pick when the fruits are no more than10cm to appreciate the full flavour either raw or cooked. Try Zucchini trifolati 10g approx 50 seeds 
Zucchino Striata D' Italia DBO146/2
NZD $7.50

 Pumpkin(Zucca) Butternut  Rugosa DBO145/15

Pumpkin(Zucca) Butternut Rugosa DBO145/15

 Butternut Rugosa .  A large Italian herloom butternut that is pinched at the waist with ribbed wrinkled skin.  The flesh is fine-grained and flavoursome with a hint of  chestnut flavour.  Butternut Rugosa is a good keeper. Ready in about 85-100 days. Try white bean,ginger and butternut soup 5g pkt
Pumpkin (Zucca )Butternut Rugosa 145/15
NZD $7.50

 Zucca Marina di Chioggia (pumpkin)

Zucca Marina di Chioggia (pumpkin)



Cima Di Rapa  (turnip top) Sessantina DBO41/4

Cima Di Rapa (turnip top) Sessantina DBO41/4

  Broccoli-type turnip tops which you can harvest in 60 days. Mid-early rustic plant producing lots of tender sprouting florets.The flavour is turnipy with mustard overtones. 60 day ( and 40) Cima di Rapa can be sown every month for five months from around Feb-June. Ensure you pick before the florets turn yellow and go to seed.  
Cima Di Rapa Sessantina DBO41/4
NZD $7.50

Cima Di Rapa (turnip top)  Quarantina DBO41/2

Cima Di Rapa (turnip top) Quarantina DBO41/2

Broccoli type Turnip tops. A bitter-sweet taste that Italians love. Use in the well-known pasta dish from Puglia, Orecchiette with turnip tops (cime di rapa) and chilli. A small plant 20 to 25cm high, ready in about 40 days. Succession plant for continuous harvest. Pick as heads form as they quickly go to seed. If left too long it will go stringy when cooked. 15g approx 6000 seeds.
Cima Di Rapa( Quarantina) DBO41/2
NZD $7.50

Kohlrabi  (cavolo rapa ) Di Vienna Bianco  DBO 32/1

Kohlrabi (cavolo rapa ) Di Vienna Bianco DBO 32/1

  Early white Kohlrabi that has a distinctive  mild-flavour reminiscent of  celeriac and radish  making it a good foil for other flavourings. Green leaves with a bulb of sweet white flesh. The edible part of the plant is the above surface bulb it forms.  The swollen stem has an abundance of vitamin c and d . Grow in spring and autumn and pick when small  (size of a tennis ball )for best taste.  Good  grated or cooked quickly. Sow 3 times seed diameter and space 10-20cm in  sunny position. 6 grams
Cavolo Rapa Kohlrabi DBO 32/1
NZD $7.50


Kohlrabi  (cavolo rapa) Purple Vienna DBO 32/3

Kohlrabi (cavolo rapa) Purple Vienna DBO 32/3

Early purple Kohlrabri  is a  spherical vegetable with leaf topped stems that protrude from the base bulb that has red skin and tender white flesh. Flavour is similar to broccoli stems  celeriac or even radish. The edible part of the plant is the above-surface bulb it forms. Pick when the  size of a tennis ball (no larger) A shallow rooted plant that needs regular watering. Plant in full sun.  It needs to grow fast  to be enjoyed at its best. The bulb can be eaten raw,steamed stir- fried. We love it raw grated into a salad. Kohlrabi chips are delicious. 5 gram packet  
Cavolo rapa Kohlrabi DBO 32/3
NZD $7.50

Rampion ( Raperonzolo) DBOS 111/1

Rampion ( Raperonzolo) DBOS 111/1

  Rampion or ramps. The rampion is what Rapunzel of Grimm's Fairy tales fame craved. The edible roots have great flavour and the tops can also be used as a green. The flavour is sweetish with a slight pungency The roots grow up to around 20cm. This ancient root vegetable is finding favour again with more experimental chefs worldwide. Please note this  seed is very fine and small, so take care when handling. 0.5gram pkt
Rampion ( Raperonzolo) DBOS 111/1
NZD $7.70

Salsify  (Scorzobianca) a fiore blu DBO 123/2

Salsify (Scorzobianca) a fiore blu DBO 123/2

White salsify with "blue flower". Long tapered roots to around 30cm. This white salsify (looks like a parsnip ) has a great taste and texture sort  of akin to asparagus. The attractive blue flowers and the young leaves can be eaten raw in a salad mix. Direct sow late summer for winter-spring harvesting.  Worth a try and  one of the most overlooked winter veges around. 5g pkt
Salsify Scorzobianca DBO 123/2
NZD $7.50


Zucchino Striato D'Italia

Zucchino Striato D'Italia