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
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Cucumber (Cetriolino) Beth Alpha DBO38/16

Cucumber (Cetriolino) Beth Alpha DBO38/16

This variety is one of the most popular cucumbers throughout the Mediterranean; one of the earliest to produce and certainly one of the tastiest, crispiest cucumbers available. Thin skin and productive over a long season. PICK WHEN AROUND 15CM FOR BEST FLAVOUR AND TEXTURE. They do well on a trellis but you can  also grow in the ground.  Transplant or direct seed approximately 1 metre apart.     6g approx 180 seeds.    
Cetriolino DBO28/16
NZD $7.50

Melone Zatta DBO 91/28

Melone Zatta DBO 91/28

In Italy called 'Brutto ma Buono' ( ugly but good) what it lacks in good looks it makes up for with intense rich flavour. This is the melon believed referred to by Jefferson in 1771 as 'cantaloupe massa' and viewed by many as a lost variety even to this day. Scalloped  oranage and green scaly skin but with sweet dark orange fruit. Sow 5-6 seeds in a hill when soil is warm and thin to 2-3 plants or grow from transplants. Melons need warm weather so don't plant in cool or very wet soils. Allow around 90 days. Perfect with proscuitto. 3 gram packet around 120 seeds
Melone Zatta 91/28
NZD $7.50

Radish  (Ravanello) Candela Di Fuoco DBO 112/9

Radish (Ravanello) Candela Di Fuoco DBO 112/9

'Candle of Fire' radish ( ravanello). Has long tapering vivid red -skinned roots with crisp white flesh. Succulent and very quick maturing. Direct sow most anytime of the year avoiding the high heat of mid summer. 12 grams 1200 seeds
Ravanello DBO112/9
NZD $7.50


Radish (Ravanelli)  GLBZ 112/39

Radish (Ravanelli) GLBZ 112/39

From Franchi's Golden Line Le Bizzarre range.A  high- quality blend and colourful mixture of white,yellow,red and purple radishes Very tasty and crunchy. Easy to grow and so quick! Direct sow almost any time of the year avoiding the mid summer high temps. 15g
Ravanelli Colorati GLBZ 112/39
NZD $8.00

Radish (Ravanello)  Gaudry 2 DBO 112/3

Radish (Ravanello) Gaudry 2 DBO 112/3

Small globe shaped peppery salad radish with an attractive red neck and white base. An early variety that is reliable and easy to grow. Direct sow most of the year. 15g packet          
Ravanello gaudry 2
NZD $7.50

Radish (Ravanello) Dattero Rosso DBO112/38

Radish (Ravanello) Dattero Rosso DBO112/38

Bright red mid-length cylindrical crisp and crunch radish.  Best sown spring and autumn and avoid the high mid summer temperatures to prevent from going to seed.  A sprinkle of sea salt on a perfect  peppery radish is simple but delicious 1.2g approx 1000 seeds.
Ravanello DBO112/38
NZD $7.50


Rocket  (Rucola) Coltivata DBO115/1

Rocket (Rucola) Coltivata DBO115/1

A milder variety than wild rocket (selvatica) but with the same characteristic flavours of nutty, pepper and spice which is associated with this leaf. Rocket can bolt easily so avoid planting in the high heat of summer.  Make frequent plantings every few weeks for continuous supply. Around 40 days. Can be grown in pots. 15g packet
Rucola DBO115/1
NZD $7.50

Rocket (Rucola)  Coltivita Sel.Ortolani DBOS115/3

Rocket (Rucola) Coltivita Sel.Ortolani DBOS115/3

'Speciale Selezione ' Very high quality. Early rustic plant with dark green lightly serrated leaves and a very robust peppery flavour. A favorite rocket of many market growers in Italy because of its consistent taste,colour and growth habit. Sow direct when soils are warm or sow undercover and plant out early spring. around 40 days 15 g approx 7000 seeds
Rucola sel. Ortolani DBOS115/3
NZD $7.70

Wild Rocket(Rucola Selvatica) DBO115/5

Wild Rocket(Rucola Selvatica) DBO115/5

A stronger and more intense spicy, peppery flavour than cultivated rocket. Wild rocket is a very robust plant with deeply lobed leaves with sometimes a burgundy tinge. Harvest at any stage but best when small. If you leave some plants in the ground the seed will be scattered and should come back year after year.Good to use in pasta dishes as well as salads. 4g approx 7000 seeds
Wild Rocket (Rucola Selvatica) DBO115/5
NZD $7.50


Rocket (Rucola) Selvatica a Foglia D'Ulivo DBOS115/4

Rocket (Rucola) Selvatica a Foglia D'Ulivo DBOS115/4

 Selezione Speciale. A superior olive-shaped leaf giving its name and characteristic look. Medium sized soft  leaf with intense spicy flavour.  This  rucola selvatica ( wild rocket) smell great and its peppery invigorating leaf can be mixed into any salads. Best grown in autumn and spring to avoid going to seed. Around 50 days 3 gram packet
Rucola Selvatica A Foglia D'Ulivo DBOS 115/4
NZD $7.70