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
Italian tomatoes are globally known for flavour.Many of the Franchi varieties have been grown by the same family in their home region for generations from original seed.Each Italian tomato has its own reason for being- making passata (puree) baking,roasting,drying,sauces and for slicing.
Will they grow here in New Zealand?
Terroir is a very simple but powerful concept,whereby the climate,soil and plant interact to produce an expression of that interaction. Great examples of terroir expression can be found in cheese,coffee and wine.The Franchi tomato seed on offer are defined by variety and regional origins so select a variety best suited to your useage and province in New Zealand.
There are two types of tomato. Indeterminate (cordon) and determinate(bush)Indeterminate will need to have their 45˚side shoots removed and the top shoot too,while bush (determinate) variety doesn't.There are more cordon varieties than bush and the bush do tend to be smaller varieties,although in gardening there always is an exception.
Whilst many varieties are available to us we try and choose for suitabilty to the varying terroir of New Zealand. Franchi Sementi are genuine Italian heirloom All packets have 100's of seeds. All are untreated and GE free. All have great depth of flavour and texture.
The Beeline and Seedyworks seeds are from a reliable local producer
Franchi Italian Tomatoes grown in Aotearoa
Tomato (Pomodoro) San Marzano Redorta DBOS 106/94
Great for sauces!
Franchi Selezione Speciale S. Marzano sel Redorta. A very large heirloom San Marzano plum tomato which fruits are meaty with few seeds and the skin quite thin; making it multi-purpose to eat fresh/sauce or dry. The plant is very vigourous and the flavour "real tomato" Named for a mountain in the Alps. Indeterminate variety.
Pomodoro Redorta DBOS 106/94
Tomato (Pomodoro) Costoluto Fiorentino DBO106/18
A large deeply- ribbed beefsteak variety from Florence, Tuscany. A vigorous tomato plant that is a good producer. Awesome flavour ( rich and meaty with lots of juice ) A favourite of many Italians living here in New Zealand. This tomato will grow well throughout any province in the country. Around 150-180 g. Sydney chef, Steve Manfredi suggests Slicing off the top, adding some olive oil and bake, the flesh will develop into a delicious sauce. Also good for fresh eating . #genuine Italian heirloom 2g approx 300 seeds. Indeterminate
Pomodoro Costoluto Fiorentino DBO106/18
Tomato ( Pomodoro) Red Pear Sel.Franchi DBOS 106/107
Selezione Speciale Old North Italian early variety specifically selected by Franchi Sementi. Outstanding producer of very large flavoursome pear shaped fruit with vertical ribs. Very meaty,few seeds and although juicy not a wet tomato. Its ideal for stuffing because of its robustness and shape. Usually picked green or just starting to turn pink. Will grow well in most provinces of New Zealand and we reckon this is one of the best tasting Italian tomatoes available . It should be noted this is not the small pear shaped tomato called red pear by some U.S seed companies
Indeterminate 1g approx 180 seeds
Pomodoro Red Pear DBOS 106/107
Tomato (Pomodoro) Red Cherry DBO106/111
also known as " pomodoro for the balcony"
Very early open - pollinated cherry tomatoes “Pomodorini” Dependable vigorous plant producing an abundance ( lots and lots) of tasty small low -acid sweet fruits which why kids love them .Ideal for pots if space is limited. Grows well throughout New Zealand #genuine Italian heirloom 1.5g approx 200 seeds. Determinate
Pomodoro Red Cherry DBO106/111
Tomato (pomodoro) Beeline Oxheart
Cuor di Bue or Oxheart tomato. Heart shaped meaty tomato with superior flavour and at its best when not too ripe. A vigorous growing plant that requires support.
around 40 seeds
Tomato (pomodoro) Beeline
Tomato (Pomodoro) Marmande Beeline
A famous french heirloom beesteak tomato from the small commune by the same name in southern France. Very sweet flavour and grows well in cooler climates around 30 seeds
Beeline Marmande Tomato
Tomato (pomodoro) Seedyworks Saint Pierre
From seedyworks. Tomato Saint Pierre is a famous French heirloom. Popular in the markets of southern France. A large round salad tomato with soft thick meaty flesh. Requires support.
Indeterminate and around 40 seeds