Food: Planting Italian

I’ve been doing some gardening during the last few days. Little sprouts of a salad garden are rising from a back-porch pot. Leaves are peeking up where I dropped peas in the ground last week. I love seeing things grow, and getting to eat them when they are ready–tomatoes warm with sunshine, feathery herbs chopped up on greens, or tossed with pasta.

And what would I be growing if I lived in Italy? Maybe something from Franchi Seeds.

Do they Santa Anna green beans taste any different than, say Blue Lake green beans, or the tomato San Marzano 2 from Romas grown at your local farms? I’d love to hear from anyone who has grown comparison crops, or who uses seeds from Italy in your gardens. Please comment and enlighten us!



2 thoughts on “Food: Planting Italian

  1. I’m in southern Italy growing jalapenos, okra, poblanos, sweet corn, Beefsteak tomatoes and patty-pan squash! Yes the Italian varieties are different, and when you’ve been gardening as long as I have you also know that even the same variety grown in different years, or in different parts of the garden, can be very different from each other. Try growing the “zucchetta” which around here they call “oo coocoozza loo-ng-uh” (pronounced as “ooh”. You will need a hot and dry place and decent soil. Up to four feet long!

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