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
Other Vegetables



Artichoke ( Carciofo) Violetto Precoce DBO21/2

Artichoke ( Carciofo) Violetto Precoce DBO21/2

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 $7.20


Artichoke (Carciofo) Green Globe DBO 21/9  NEW

Artichoke (Carciofo) Green Globe DBO 21/9 NEW

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 $7.20

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. 5 gram packet approx 300 seeds
Asparago Argenteuil DBO5/1
NZD $7.20

Beetroot ( Bietola Da Orto) Egitto Migliorata DBO11/2

Beetroot ( Bietola Da Orto) Egitto Migliorata DBO11/2

This ancient beetroot dates to around 1850. Medium size with flat purplish-red roots with excellent sweet taste. as opposed from the more savoury varieties. The tops can be used in your green salad mix. Excellent sweet taste! Plant direct in rows 25cm apart and thin to 10cm spring through to summer. 9g approx 400 seeds.
Bietola Da Orto DBO11/2
NZD $7.20


Beetroot( Bietola Da Orto) Tonda Chioggia DBO11/13

Beetroot( Bietola Da Orto) Tonda Chioggia DBO11/13

  A traditional Italian beetroot that has reddish skin and candy striped ringed flesh. Incredibly sweet tasting and will turn any non-beetroot lovers into actually loving the taste. The stripes will fade when cooked but raw look quite spectacular in a salad. Direct sow in spring 25cm apart and thin to 1 plant every 10cm. Keep the soil covering the top of plant to ensure the entire bulb will develop the same colouring. 9 gram packet
Bietola Da Orto DBO 11/13
NZD $7.20

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

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

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. Wonderful in winter soups braises and curries. Used to make the Florentine National dish Ribollita Toscana.  Develops more flavour as it grows so choose leaves about 20cm. Thrives in the cooler temperatures. Tuscan kale is more tender than most kales. Direct plant 2-3 seeds every 20cm, and thin to one plant. 8g packet
Cavolo Laciniato DBO35/7
NZD $7.20

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 $7.20


Broccoli Spigariello  Broccoletti DBO 25/26 NEW

Broccoli Spigariello Broccoletti DBO 25/26 NEW

NEW 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 chilli. When you pick the central flower the plant begins to produce side shoots (spigariello) that have tiny florets. Grown for its immature edible leaves.  
Broccoli Spigariello DBO 25/26
NZD $7.20

Brussels Sprouts (Cavolo Di Bruxelles)  Mezzo Nano DBO 24/2

Brussels Sprouts (Cavolo Di Bruxelles) Mezzo Nano DBO 24/2

Small compact producer of tasty brussels sprouts.Transplant seedlings when approx 10cm. The flavour improves once the frosts kick in. When the sprouts appear remove any base leaves to allow for development. Harvest when small to full appreciate their flavour. Also, try finely shredded sprouts quickly stir-fried in butter and cumin. 8 gram packet  
Cavolo Di Bruxelles DBO24/2
NZD $7.20

Butternut (Zucca) Rugosa DBO145/15

Butternut (Zucca) Rugosa DBO145/15

A quite large butternut with ribbed wrinkled skin. Very flavoursome with  rich orange flesh.  Butternut Rugosa is a good keeper. Ready in about 85-100 days. Try white bean,ginger and butternut soup 5g pkt
Zucca Butternut Rugosa 145/15
NZD $7.20


Cabbage (Cavolo Cinese) Pe-Tsai DBO35/5

Cabbage (Cavolo Cinese) Pe-Tsai DBO35/5

Chinese cabbage  (Wombok) densly packed pale,ruffled leaves with a milder flavour than savoy cabbage 8 gram packet
Cabbage (Cavolo Cinese) Pe -Tsai DBO35/5
NZD $7.20

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. Some NZ winters lately are just not cold enough...believe it or not Savoy-type cabbage from a cooler province of northern Italy. Green crinkly tender leaves with some red/purple colour in the centre. 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 $7.20

Cabbage Savoy (Cavolo Verza)  Invernale Mantovano DBO33/19

Cabbage Savoy (Cavolo Verza) Invernale Mantovano DBO33/19

Please note- this cabbage come from an Alpine region of Italy and requires very cool temps to form a head. Some winters in NZ are just not cold enough. A green savoy cabbage with a large head of crinkled leaves and sweet texture. A popular cabbage with the Milanese, where it is often blanched then stuffed with the many options available  such as meat and rice. Also delicious sliced thinly as a salad and mixed with radicchio. 8g packet
Cavolo Verza DBO33/19
NZD $7.20


Cardoon  ( Cardo) Gobo di Nizza DBO22/8

Cardoon ( Cardo) Gobo di Nizza DBO22/8

‘Hunchback of Nice’ not at all well-known in NZ but very popular in Piedmonte with gourmets where it is usually braised or made into a gratin. The stems resemble rib-liked celery and need to have the fibrous tissue stripped before the stems are prepared for the dish. They have a subtle artichoke -like flavour. Sow under cover in early spring; transplant or direct sow into fertile, well-drained soil after the last frost at 80cm spacing. Fleshy stems should be wrapped with straw or paper two weeks before harvesting to blanch We have heard cardoons referred to as artichokes on steroids. 5g 
Cardo DBO22/8
NZD $7.20

Carrot  (Carota) Nantese di Chioggia DBO23/7

Carrot (Carota) Nantese di Chioggia DBO23/7

A mid-early deep orange heartless Venetian carrot. Medium size root with sweet taste and crisp texture. 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. 10g approx 6000 seeds.
Carota DBO23/7
NZD $7.20

Carrot  (Carota) Parisier DBO23/4

Carrot (Carota) Parisier DBO23/4

A small round ancient French carrot from Paris Paris is built on clay and over generations this variety has adapted to this soil. A clay carrot that is easy to grow in containers. This carrot is not prone to carrot root fly; it grows very shallow in the ground. Very sweet tasting and crunchy. Children seem to love growing these round carrots. 8g approx 5000 seeds.
Carota DBO23/41
NZD $7.20


Carrot (Carota) Chantenay DBO 23/37 NEW

Carrot (Carota) Chantenay DBO 23/37 NEW

NEW an old French heirloom variety famous not so much for its good looks but its pronounced carroty flavour. Medium sized,stubby and bright orange. Good for roasting 10g
Carrot(Carota) Chantenay DBO 23/37
NZD $7.20

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 $7.20

Cauliflower  ( Cavolfiore) Romanesco DBO30/51

Cauliflower ( Cavolfiore) Romanesco DBO30/51

“The cauliflower of Rome” classic green cauliflower with small heads that spiral into a point. It has a sweet nut -like taste. Plant in fertile soil in late summer for autumn–winter picking. 5g approx 1000 seeds.
Cavolfiore DBO30/51
NZD $7.20


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 $7.20

Celeriac(sedano rapa) Bianco del Veneto DBO125/4

Celeriac(sedano rapa) Bianco del Veneto DBO125/4

A late variety Celeraic and one of the best in Italy( from Venice.) The plant is medium sized with ample leaves that can be used in soup. A knobbly exterior and creamy subtle fiberless white flesh that has as celery-like flavour with added nuttiness. Sow into seed trays 0.5cm deep from early spring until summer then transplant outside after the last frosts and space 15-20cm.Can be slow germination and seedlings for a long time before bulb forms. Worth the wait though. Too much nitrogen in the soil will promote leaf rather than bulb growth.  4g pkt
Celeriac DBO125/4
NZD $7.20

Celery (Sedano)Groene Pascal DBO 124/6

Celery (Sedano)Groene Pascal DBO 124/6

An old celery from Perpignan in France. Wild celery is so much more pungent in smell and taste and can be quite a bit more fibrous.A tall plant with stalks that are thin and brilliant green with a texture that is both tender and crunchy. Sow early spring 5gram packet        
Sedana Pascal DBO 124/6
NZD $7.20


Chard  Rhubarb (Bieta Da Coste ) DBO 14/15

Chard Rhubarb (Bieta Da Coste ) DBO 14/15

An early chard with striking rhubarb/green coloured leaves and ribs. A very hardy plant that can be grown successfully most of the year avoiding the high heat of mid summer. Start off undercover and transplant 1cm in depth. To harvest remove outside leaves at the base;tender new leaves will keep coming throughoyt the season. 9 gram packet  
Bieta Da Coste DBO14/15
NZD $7.20

Chard (Bieta)Verde a Costa Bianca DBO14/3

Chard (Bieta)Verde a Costa Bianca DBO14/3

Stems are broad and white with intense green leaves. This Chard favoured by the Italians has crunchy, large white mid ribs and deep ruffled leaves. Can be substituted for Spinach although somewhat sweeter in taste. In Italy the stems are considered its best feature. Slow to bolt and a long growing season Plant year-round. 9gram packet 
Bietola Da Costa DBO14/3
NZD $7.20

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

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

  'Selezione Speciale' 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. Eggplants need sunlight to thrive 3 grams approx 350 seeds
Melanzana Tonda Bianca DBOS90/43
NZD $8.30


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 mauve skin and the fruits are medium sized with very few seeds. 3g pkt  
Melanzana Prosperosa DBOS 90/15
NZD $8.30

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 DBO90/1
NZD $7.20

Fennel(Finocchio) Montebianco DBO67/17

Fennel(Finocchio) Montebianco DBO67/17

mid /late variety. 'Mont Blanc' alpine fennel. Large tight head which is tasty and crisp. A vigourous plant that prefers light fertile soil and will run to seed in hot weather, Plant 1.5cm deep 15cm between plants late summer for autumn-winter harvest. 7g approx 900 seeds.
Finocchio DBO23/41
NZD $7.20


Fennel(Finocchio)di Parma sel. Prado DBOS62/8

Fennel(Finocchio)di Parma sel. Prado DBOS62/8

Franchi Selezione Speciale Small, mid/early Alpine fennel with a small white bulb; excellent flavour and texture. Sliced finely and added to salad it gives a lovely aniseed - like flavour crunch. Italians believe raw fennel cleanses the palate and often serve it at the end of a meal salad, thickly sliced with a little lemon juice and olive oil. It is easy to grow and generally requires cool weather. Plant late summer for autumn and winter harvest. 8g approx 1000 seeds.
Finocchio DBOS62/8
NZD $8.30

Kohlrabi (Cavolo Rapa )Di Vienna Bianco  DBO 32/1

Kohlrabi (Cavolo Rapa )Di Vienna Bianco DBO 32/1

  Early Kohlrabi that has a distinctive flavour reminiscent of radish and celeriac, making it a good foil for other flavourings. Green leaves with a bulb of sweet white flesh.Grow in spring and autumn. pick when small for best taste. Sow 3 times seed diameter and space 10-20cm in  sunny position. 6 grams
Cavolo Rapa Kohlrabi DBO 32/1
NZD $7.20

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 $7.20


Leek(Porro)Gigante d'Inverno DBO 107/23

Leek(Porro)Gigante d'Inverno DBO 107/23

“Winter giant” big and long. This hardy vegetable adds tangy sweetness with even the thinnest slice from the long white stems. Thrives in the cooler months. Sow 1cm deep from spring to early summer, allowing 5 cm between each plant. They are good winter harvesting plants,only needing an air temp of 10c once planted. 6g approx 1500 seeds.
Porro (leek) DBO107/23
NZD $7.20

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. 5 grams approx 1200 seeds
Cipolla DBO4 3/25
NZD $7.20

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 $7.20


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. 5 g packet approx 1500 seeds      
Cipolla Piatta di Bergamo 43/1
NZD $7.20

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 $7.20

Onion (cipolla) Rossa Lunga Di Firenze DBO42/23

Onion (cipolla) Rossa Lunga Di Firenze DBO42/23

A mid -early variety with large round long torpedo bulbs.A red-violet onion from Firenze with a mild taste.Seen in all the fresh markets throughout Tuscany. Direct seed or transplant in spring and keep weed free.Great grilled or eaten raw in salads 5 g packet
Rossa Lunga Di FirenzeDBO 42/23
NZD $7.20


Onion (Cipollotto) Da Mazzi DBOS42/34

Onion (Cipollotto) Da Mazzi DBOS42/34

Selezione Speciale. 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 $7.20

Pac Choy DBO 35/10

Pac Choy DBO 35/10

A very easy, fast growing vigourous plant.Pac Choy has intense green leaves and large white stalks. Grow most of the year avoiding the high heat of mid summer. The ultimate healthy Asian green. Interestingly enough, Pac Choy is now  appearing on many Italian menus throughout Italy. 8 gram packet    
Cavolo Cinese DBO 35/10
NZD $7.20


Peperoncino Etna GLPE97/109

Peperoncino Etna GLPE97/109

 Franchi Golden Line. As the name suggests this is a very hot (piccante) variety from Etna. Peperoncino Etna is a compact plant that produces bunches of conical dark green fruits that grow upwards,turning bright red when ripe. 0.25g packet about 30 seeds    
Peperoncino EtnaGLPE 97/109
NZD $8.30

Pepper (Peperoncino) Piccante Di Cayenna DBOS97/11

Pepper (Peperoncino) Piccante Di Cayenna DBOS97/11

  Selezione Speciale. This medium-size early plant has lots of branches and leaves producing many long very hot thin red fruits. Ideal for drying or ground to make cayenne pepper. Sow early spring and plant out transplants after the risk of frost. 3 gram packet
Peperone Cayenna DBOS 97/11
NZD $8.30

Pepper Piccante Calabrese DBOS97/115

Pepper Piccante Calabrese DBOS97/115

  Franchi Selezione Speciale An early 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”. 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. Transplant outside after the last frosts.2.5g approx 300 seeds.
Peperone Calabrese DBOS97/115
NZD $8.30


Pepper(Peperone )Topepo Rosso DBO 97/91

Pepper(Peperone )Topepo Rosso DBO 97/91

"Red Tomato Pepper" a round flat sweet pepper that looks like a mini beef tomato. Very thick sweet tasting flesh which is ideal for stuffing. A compact and very productive plant. A RHS AGM Award winner. As with all peppers transplant after the risk of frost. 1.5 grams
Peperone Topepo Rosso DBO97/91
NZD $7.20

Pepper(Peperone) Corno Rosso DBO97/7

Pepper(Peperone) Corno Rosso DBO97/7

“Red bulls horn’ also called Dulce Italiano is a very sweet meaty pepper of a good size,with thin skin and thick walls about 20cm long and tapering. Brilliant red when ripe and ideal to stuff, fry or grill. Good all-round peppers. Start off inside sowing 1cm in depth with warmth and light before transplanting outside when the soil has warmed up 2.5g pkt
Peperone Corno Rosso DBO97/7
NZD $7.20

Pepper(Peperone) Giallo d'Asti DBO97/1

Pepper(Peperone) Giallo d'Asti DBO97/1

Yellow from Asti. The most highly prized pepper in Italy. Is a classic, large non- pungent pepper from the Piedmont region in Northern Italy and ideal for stuffing or roasting. Peppers thrive in warm weather and are best grown from 8-10 week old transplants 40 cm apart in full sun. Ready in around 80 days. Peppers continue to produce fruit until the weather cools. 2.5g pkt
Peperone Giallo D'Asti DBO97/1
NZD $7.20


Peppers (Peperone) Friggitello DBO97/101

Peppers (Peperone) Friggitello DBO97/101

Famous Neapolitan sweet eat-all pepper also known as Friariello. Most well known of all Italian peppers. Sweet and good for frying. Turns brilliant red when ripe. Paolo, the Franchi agent in the UK suggests serving them pan- fried in olive oil, salted with sea salt and enjoy with a cool beer ! A very productive plant. 1.5g pkt
Peperone Frigatello DBO97/101
NZD $7.20

Peppers (peperone) Giallo Di Cuneo DBO97/722

Peppers (peperone) Giallo Di Cuneo DBO97/722

Famous yellow pepper from Cuneo in Northern Italy.  Discovered in 1915 this pepper is now protected in  the province Cuneo since 2000. Brilliant yellow with thick,sweet flesh. Ideal for roasting. Plant out as 8-9 week transplants well after last frosts. Approx 90days 2g pkt  
Peperone Giallo Di Cuneo DBO97/722
NZD $7.20

Peppers Tris Di Peperoni  DBO 93/11

Peppers Tris Di Peperoni DBO 93/11

A colourful mix of red green and yellow sweet peppers from Piedmonte. The classic Italian sweet pepper that are ideal for roasting,stuffing or because they taste so good just eaten raw.Peppers thrive in warm weather and are best grown as 8-10 week transplants. 2.5g packet approx 350 seeds          
Misticanza Di Peperoni93/11
NZD $7.20


Peppers(Peperone )Lombardo DBO97/16

Peppers(Peperone )Lombardo DBO97/16

A native to Italy's Lombardia region. This is a long green very sweet frying pepper that turns red,yellow or even orange when ripe. An Italian heirloom that loves growing here in NZ. Lombardo  matures early, very productive and when its starts producinging it doesn't stop! The peppers are 12-15cm long with a very thin skin.Can also be pickled or dried. 1.5g packet
Peperone Lombardo DBO 97/16
NZD $7.20

Peppers(Peperone) Padron DBO 97/38

Peppers(Peperone) Padron DBO 97/38

Some are hot- some are not!  heirloom small horn-shaped pepper from Galacia, Spain that is impossible to distinguish the hot pepper from the milder. Eating a potion is popularly linked to Russian roulette!  However we have observed when grown in New Zealand most were hot and with good depth of flavour as well.Exceptional flavour. Fried in olive oil this is the tapas pepper. This compact plant produces a large quantity of small green peppers, as they mature they will get hotter Grow from 8-10 week transplants 40cm apart when the soil has warmed up. Suitable to grow in containers. 1g pkt
Peperone Padron DBO97/38
NZD $7.20

Pumpkin(Zucca) Marina di Chioggia DBO145/2

Pumpkin(Zucca) Marina di Chioggia DBO145/2

An heirloom rustic winter squash from near Venice with abundant medium size fruit and sweet orange flesh. Excellent for roasting, soups and Tortelli di Zucca. Many renaissance artists have captured this varietal on the canvas. Plant 6 seeds 2cm deep in late spring, in hills and thin to 2-3 plants. Separate hills by 2m. 4g approx 13 seeds.
Zucca Marina Di Chioggia DBO145/2
NZD $7.20


Pumpkin(Zucca) Tonda Padana DBO 145/13

Pumpkin(Zucca) Tonda Padana DBO 145/13

  A beautiful heirloom pumpkin from the Po River valley in North West Italy. This pumpkin has alternating vertical grey/orange/green rib. Very sweet dry orange flesh that can be used in pasta,roasted or in soups.Not only does it look great, it also is a good keeper. Sow 2cm deep when soil is warm; 5-6 seeds per hill and then thin to 2or 3. 4 gram packet
Zucca Tonda Padana DBO145/13
NZD $7.20

Salsify (Scorzonera) Geante Noire De Russie DBO 122/1

Salsify (Scorzonera) Geante Noire De Russie 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
Scorzonera Noire DBO 122/1
NZD $7.20

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 20x10cm autumn and spring and pick when young. Avoid the heat of mid summer. Holds together well when cooked. 15g approx 1000 seeds.
Spinacio DBO127/20
NZD $7.20


Spinach (Tetragonia) NZ SpinachDBO130/1

Spinach (Tetragonia) NZ SpinachDBO130/1

Native NZ bush food. Franchi managed to identify a quality NZ producer of this seed and ow import and sell to the world.It is often found in the markets of Paris and Provence. A healthy vigorous creeping plant that will thrive in hot weather and produce until autumn. Soak seeds in cold water for 6-12 hours before sowing 5 gram packet
Spinach NZ( tetragonia) DBO 130/1
NZD $7.20

Turnip leaf (Rapa )Da Foglia Senza Testa DBO 110/10

Turnip leaf (Rapa )Da Foglia Senza Testa DBO 110/10

(The name means leaf rape without a head) Dark green upright leafy plant. A rootless turnip that is similar to mustard greens with large tender leaves and a pungent taste. Can be grown most of the year. Direct sow 1cm in depth in an open sunny position. Use as side dish or tossed in pasta as you would cime di rapa. Very popular with International chefs. 15 gram packet approx 2000 seeds
Rapa Da Foglia DBO 110/10
NZD $7.20

Turnip Top(Cima Di Rapa) Novantina DBO41/5

Turnip Top(Cima Di Rapa) Novantina DBO41/5

Mid/early. Ready to eat in 90 days from sowing.The 40 and 90 day varieties can be sown every month for 5 months from spring to late summer. Franchi Cime di Rapa should be harvested when they look like this picture on the packet. It is also called broccoli raab but it is not sprouting broccoli. 15g approx 6000 seeds
Cima Di Rapa Novantina DBO 41/5
NZD $7.20


Turnip Top(Cima Di Rapa) Quarantina DBO41/2

Turnip Top(Cima Di Rapa) 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.
Cime Di Rapa( Quarantina) DBO41/2
NZD $7.20

TurnipTop(Cima Di Rapa )Sessantina DBO41/4

TurnipTop(Cima Di Rapa )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. Read seedy focus page for more Cima Di rapa information
Cima Di Rapa Sessantina DBO41/4
NZD $7.20

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 the River Cafe in the U.K. 10 gram packet
Zucchino Fiorentino DBO146/52
NZD $7.20


Zucchini Nero di Milano DBO146/1

Zucchini Nero di Milano DBO146/1

The ‘Black Zucchini of Milan'. Regionally found in Lombardia. Dense dark green (not black as the name suggests). A very productive Zucchini with open plant habit making it easy to harvest. Sow 1cm deep in pots with the seed upright then plant outside when the weather warms up. Avoid watering the leaves preventing powdery mildew forming. 10g approx 50 seeds.
Zucchino DBO146/1
NZD $7.20

Zucchini Romanesco DBO146/11

Zucchini Romanesco DBO146/11

  The zucchini of Rome. A good producer of grey/green fruit with prominent ribs and excellent flavour and abundant flowers. Pick when not too big( size of a finger). A favourite of many international chefs. Stuff the flower blossoms with the many fresh options available. Try fresh ricotta and finely chopped spinach and nutmeg. From transplants or direct seed 2cm deep, 60cm spacing in late spring to summer. 10g approx 50 seeds.
Zucchino Romanesco DBO146/11
NZD $7.20

Zucchini Tonda di Piacenza DBO146/17

Zucchini Tonda di Piacenza DBO146/17

A dark green round zucchini from Piacenza, near Parma. The shape makes it easy for stuffing. Bake them whole as they stay soft and creamy inside. Sow in warm fertile soil in a sunny position in spring, use 5 week-old transplants. 10g approx 80 seeds.
Zucchino Tonda Di Picenza DBO145/2
NZD $7.20


Zucchino  Custard White DBO146/49

Zucchino Custard White DBO146/49

  Bush-like scallop squash with medium sized disc shaped fruits. Plant in a sunny position when soil has warmed up. This variety has a firm texture when cooked. 5gram packet    
Zucchino Custard white DBO 146/4
NZD $7.20

Zucchino Alberello Di Sarzana DBO 146/40

Zucchino Alberello Di Sarzana DBO 146/40

"little tree of Sarzana" a light green ribbed zucchini with white splotches.  A good producer of fruits and flowers for cooking. This is a large plant and can in some cases be resistant to powdery mildew 10g pkt  
Zucchino Alb Sarzano DBO 146/40
NZD $7.20

Zucchino Rugoso Fruilano  DBO 146/54

Zucchino Rugoso Fruilano DBO 146/54

Ugly-looking summer squash from the Veneto-Fruili region. A common zucchini found in the vegetable markets of Venice. A large plant with plenty flowers.  Pale yellow,rough and misshapen this variety stays firm when cooked. Good for dishes that require extended cooking time like Peperonata. 5g packet          
Zucchino Rugosa Friulana 146/54
NZD $7.20


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 $7.20

Zucchino Tondo Chiaro Di Nizza DBO 146/18

Zucchino Tondo Chiaro Di Nizza DBO 146/18

Ancient French Zucchini. A trailing vigorous plant with unusual spherical light green zucchini fruits. Pick when tennis ball size and before they turn from light to dark green. Ideal for stuffing or baking. Plant in warm soils in sunny position. 10g packet        
Zucchino Ton Di Nizza 146/18
NZD $7.20