Legends of Italian Cuisine

The Italians were the first to adopt tomatoes, hundreds of years before the rest of Europe and they don't use the word 'heirloom' because they have never replaced their varieties with multinational hybrids. Their revolutionary cuisine has swept the world.
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BASIL FINO VERDE ORGANIC
BASIL FINO VERDE ORGANIC
SEEDS: S3031
Neat compact growth makes this the perfect potted herb for the balcony. Leaves are small, tender and aromatic with a sweet basil taste and a hint of spice. Continual harvest for an extended period as it resists bolting ...
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BEAN BORLOTTI
BEAN BORLOTTI
SEEDS: S022
An old Italian favourite for using as dried beans from late summer to winter. The best bean for minestrone soup.
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BEAN ITALIAN ROMANO
BEAN ITALIAN ROMANO
SEEDS: S011
Out of Seed Savers' collection of 2000 beans, these are the favourite of farm manager, David Cavagnaro. Quickly gaining popularity in Australia, this wide, flat 12cm bean is delicious as a green bean and also provides ...
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BEETROOT CHIOGGIA
BEETROOT CHIOGGIA
SEEDS: S033
Concentrically eccentric, this was traditionally grown just outside of Venice where it has been part of the cusine since 1538. 60 gram roots at 8 week harvest.
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BROCCOLI DE CICCO ORGANIC
BROCCOLI DE CICCO ORGANIC
SEEDS: S044
ORGANIC! Traditional Italian sprouting broccoli. Harvest the central head first to promote vigorous side shoots for up to 6 months. Harvest in 9 weeks from ...
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BROCCOLI ROMANESCO ORGANIC
BROCCOLI ROMANESCO ORGANIC
SEEDS: S051
A true geometric wonder of the heirloom world. These beautiful lime-green broccoli heads have a delicate flavour and feature a unique spiralling pattern. Ready to harvest 14 weeks from transplant. Heads grow up to 1kg. ...
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CAPSICUM MIXED ITALIAN FRYERS
CAPSICUM MIXED ITALIAN FRYERS
SEEDS: S066
The best long sweet Italian varieties in green, red and yellow for roasting or frying. Including red Jimmy Nardello, green Lombardo and golden Bull's Horn.
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CELERY DORATA D' ASTI
CELERY DORATA D' ASTI
SEEDS: S0892
Easier to grow than other varieties, remaining crisp and juicy without the need for blanching. Snap off the lime-green stems from summer through to autumn and winter. Harvest in 15 weeks, yields 1.1kg per plant.
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EGGPLANT LISTADA DI GANDIA ORGANIC
EGGPLANT LISTADA DI GANDIA ORGANIC
SEEDS: S1171
This fine Italian heirloom is early to fruit, productive and exquisitely beautiful. The 15-20cm fruit are almost seedless with fine textured flesh. Yields 3.5kg per plant.
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EGGPLANT ROSA BIANCA
EGGPLANT ROSA BIANCA
SEEDS: S1152
One of our most beautiful eggplants, this Italian heirloom is popular with chefs and heirloom vegetable connoisseurs alike! Plump round white fruit blushed with rosy pink. Rotund and sumptuous!
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EGGPLANT VIOLETTA DI FIRENZE
EGGPLANT VIOLETTA DI FIRENZE
SEEDS: S1161
Plump Italian queen of heirloom eggplants. Translates as 'Purple from Florence'. Creamy bitterless texture to hefty ruffled tear drop shaped fruit which are stunning from garden to table. Perfect size for a ...
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ITALIAN  VEGETABLE COLLECTION
ITALIAN VEGETABLE COLLECTION
SEEDS: S264
Our cuisine has been transformed by the world's most passionate backyard gardeners. From simmering pots of Napolitana sauce to crusty pizza, the Italians know what fine food is. And this collection makes the perfect ...
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LETTUCE ITALIAN LOLLO MIX
LETTUCE ITALIAN LOLLO MIX
SEEDS: S135
The ruffled leaves of these varieties make a spectacular salad of lime green, pinks and red.
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TOMATO COSTOLUTO GENOVESE ORGANIC
TOMATO COSTOLUTO GENOVESE ORGANIC
SEEDS: S364
The oldest tomato derived from Pomo Doro Rosso Grosso - it is the Grosse Lisse tomato for Italian gardeners. A must-have for all cooks, the meaty ribbed texture is ideal for preserving and sauces, or just enjoy it sliced ...
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TOMATO NONO'S ITALIAN PEAR ORGANIC
TOMATO NONO'S ITALIAN PEAR ORGANIC
SEEDS: S2995
This selection comes to us from Mike Tedesco of WA whose grandfather brought it from San Giorgio, Calabria in 1924. Mike's family has been growing ever since (nearly 100 years!) and it is known as Nonno's ...
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TOMATO PERIFORME ABRUZZESE
TOMATO PERIFORME ABRUZZESE
SEEDS: S365
An exquisite, pear-shaped, saucy tomato as bottom heavy and thin waisted as Sophia Loren. The juiciest fruit and luscious flavour put it among the all-time greats, voluptuous or not!
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TOMATO SAN MARZANO
TOMATO SAN MARZANO
SEEDS: S367
'The tomato' that launched a whole cuisine. Superior to all others for peeling and preserving for sauce and paste, pizza and pasta. Coreless and cylindrical, it is so productive you'll never need to ...
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ZUCCHINI COSTATA
ZUCCHINI COSTATA
SEEDS: S2541
The star for slicing! A standout Italian heirloom with heavily ribbed fruit that look like stars when sliced and served. Firm flesh that is perfect for steaming, stir-fries or grilling. Harvest in just 6 weeks, ...
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ZUCCHINI LONG FLORENCE
ZUCCHINI LONG FLORENCE
SEEDS: S3752
Picked with its flower attached "before it's out of the cradle", this olive-green ribbed zucchini from Italy is the best selection for long harvest (4 months) or for flowers for stuffing. Its gigantic leaves are ...
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ZUCCHINI TROMBONCINO
ZUCCHINI TROMBONCINO
SEEDS: S192
The zucchini with outstanding flavour that doesn't get too big too soon. Train the quick growing vines up a trellis so it hangs straight. Fruit reaches 1m but it is best picked at 25cms long. Huge yields, fruits for ...
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CAPSICUM QUADRATO D'ASTI GIALLO ORGANIC
CAPSICUM QUADRATO D'ASTI GIALLO ORGANIC
SEEDS: S0632
This Italian sweet pepper is huge and blocky, ripening from green to yellow as it becomes sweeter. Thick, crisp and chunky- these are the biggest capsicums we've ever grown at Diggers.
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SPRING COTTAGE GARDEN COLLECTION
SPRING COTTAGE GARDEN COLLECTION
SEEDS: PCGC15
A flower-full spring garden for under $30. A new collection of stunning hardy spring perenials and annuals, perfect for creating a darling spring cottage garden with ease. 5 Speedings each of Foxglove `Glittering Prizes', Hollyhock `Black', ever reliable Salvia Horminum `Pink'. Complete with easy-to-sow seeds of Love in the Mist `Blue' and whims...
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BABACO - Champagne Fruit
BABACO - Champagne Fruit
PLANTS: WBAB
A feature plant in our sub-tropical food gardens at Heronswood, this tropical-looking small tree produces lemon sherbet-flavoured melons, also known as 'Champagne Fruit', in its second year. This is the paw-paw for southern gardeners, with the combination of exotic fruit and lush palm- like leaves. No need for a pollinating partner as the Babaco...
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