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

HEADS UP! Gillian here... I will be in Italy May16th until June14th visiting Franchi and of course checking out vegetable markets. Any orders received through this website during this time will be dispatched immediately on my return.



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  Beeline and Seedyworks 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 on offer are also ancient Italian seed. Hand -sorted and packed from a reliable local producer.  

 Franchi Italian Tomatoes grown in Aotearoa

Franchi Italian Tomatoes grown in Aotearoa

Tomato  ( Pomodoro) Beeline Tuscan Red

Tomato ( Pomodoro) Beeline Tuscan Red

Beeline Tuscan Red Tomato is a large beefsteak variety from regional Florence within Tuscany. Vigorous and productive with really sweet tasting thick semi-flat scalloped fruit that grows consistently well throughout all NZ provinces. 40 seeds        
Tomato (pomodoro) Beeline Tuscan Red
NZD $4.00

Tomato  (Pomodoro) Pantano Romanesco DBO106/64

Tomato (Pomodoro) Pantano Romanesco DBO106/64

    We are so lucky to have this tomato back here in NZ in 2023. A  sought-after Roman heirloom.This  large Tuscan ribbed  beefsteak tomato grows quite tall.  Pantano Romanesco is vigorous producer of large fruits,few seeds and tasty thick flesh. Pick when shoulder is green-tinged. Grows well in all provinces of NZ  Good for raw salads. One of the best flavoured slicing tomatoes available. This is also the tomato most often served as insalata caprese in Rome . #genuine Italian heirloom 1.5g Indeterminate 1.5g packet    
Pomodoro Pantano DBO 106/64
NZD $8.30

Tomato  (Pomodoro) Principe Borghese DBO106/50

Tomato (Pomodoro) Principe Borghese DBO106/50

   Mid-late smallish egg shape heirloom vine tomato with few seeds. A prolific producer. Big sprays set in clusters of 7-10 fruits that hold on well to the vine. Good for fresh eating, drying and roasting. Principe Borghese is often called 'da appendere' (and Eternal tomatoes) or to hang.  Italians often keep them  after the season by hanging them upside down when still green in a airy,dark place for winter consumption . A New Zealand favourite that grows just about anywhere. About 60g in weight #genuine Italian heirloom . 1g pkt approx 200 seeds. Indeterminate    
Pomodoro Principe BorgheseDBO106/50
NZD $8.30

Seasonal guide

Seasonal guide

Seedyworks   (Pomodoro )  Tomato Red cluster of Napoli

Seedyworks (Pomodoro ) Tomato Red cluster of Napoli

Small round  tomato with very few seeds. Large sprays of fruit set in clusters.  Require stake support. Can be left inside i.e.shed  over winter to dry the fruit. Indeterminate.Around 40 seeds
Seedyworks( Pomodoro )Tomato Red Cluster of Napoli
NZD $4.00

Tomato (Pomodoro) Seedyworks Heart of Genoa

Tomato (Pomodoro) Seedyworks Heart of Genoa

Large heart-shaped deep pink tomato. Sweet. Low on acid and light on seeds. Best picked when not too ripe for ultimate flavour. Requires stake support. Indeterminate. Around 40 seeds
Tomato ( Pomodoro) Seedyworks heart of Genoa
NZD $4.00