Spring 2012 Stock

Bumper Crop Seedlings will have the following selection of heirloom and hybrid seedlings available.

Please note that images of Franchi Sementi SPA seed packets are copyright and are used with permission of The Italian Gardener Pty Ltd

Tomatoes     Frying Peppers     Chilli     Eggplants     Capsicum     Basil     Other

TOMATO

Black Cherry

This fine cherry tomato produces trusses of sweet blackish-red round fruit on long trusses that break away neatly from the stem.

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Black Russian

Heirloom variety that does well in cooler conditions producing dark purple fruit with a rich meaty, old fashioned flavour. Less attractive to birds due to the darker colour of the fruit.

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Brandywine - SOLD OUT

Superb American heirloom with large potato-leaved foliage that produces large pink beefsteak-shaped fruit. A late variety that requires extra TLC, but so very worth it for the beautiful , perfectly balanced flavour.

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Costoluto Fiorentino

Ribbed heirloom beefsteak tomato from Florence. A large, vigorous plant that produces prolifically. Fruit is slightly flattened to about 50 grams. Outstanding taste, excellent raw and in cooking and sauces.

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Cour de Bue (Ox Heart)

Literally meaning ‘ox heart’,  this tomato is a large, mid-early, vigorous plant producing heart-shaped, meaty, deep red fruit to 180g. Real tomato taste for eating fresh or cooked.

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Jaunne Flamme - SOLD OUT

Beautiful and productive French heirloom variety producing orange fruit that are very juicy and have a delicious sweet flavour. A perfect salad tomato.

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Marglobe

Old American, heirloom variety popular in Italy. Good producer of 150g, deep red, juicy fruit. Excellent taste and has good disease resistance. Marglobe is the ancestor of many of today's hybrid tomatoes.

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Olomovic - SOLD OUT

The earliest fruiting variety we have ever grown! A potato-leaved plant with medium-sized fruit with a flattened globe shape. Fine tasting and performs well in cooler weather.

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Principe Borghese

Popular and prolific producer of small 60g plum shaped tomatoes set on clusters of 7-10 fruit that hold extremely well on the vine. Ideal for sun dried tomatoes. They also make outstanding oven roasted tomatoes.

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Piccolo Dattero - SOLD OUT

This little baby plum tomato is so delicious and sweet we didn’t grow any other type of red cherry this year! Juicy, full of flavour and reliable.

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Purple Cherokee - SOLD OUT

Highly regarded heirloom beefsteak variety - producing an abundance of large, rounded and rich-tasting fruit that ripen to a purplish red.

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Roma VF

A wonderful determinate (bush) variety that can grow to about a metre and yields fleshy small roma fruit at around 75g with very little liquid. Primarily for sauce, so best planted 'en masse', but also good fresh or oven roasted.

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Red Pear

This magnificent old north Italian variety is the superstar of Italian tomatoes! Outstanding producer of huge (up to 400g) very tasty, pear-shaped fruit. A very fleshy tomato with thin skins, excellent in salads or in a sandwich where one slice is enough!

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Saint Pierre

Delicious round small French salad tomato. Renowned for its super flavour.

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San Marzano 2

A plum tomato with elongate fruit around 80g, and ideally suited to make passata/sauce or canning. It is the one you normally get in your tin of Italian tomatoes.

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Yellow Tommy Toe

Delicious Yellow sweet cherry tomato.

 

FRYING PEPPER

Padron - SOLD OUT

Compact plant from Spain that produces a large quantity of small green peppers to 8cm. Mild and sweet with the occasional hot zinger. Excellent for frying.

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Lombardo

Long, pale green, very sweet frying pepper turning red, yellow or orange when ripe. Peppers are 2-5cm long, with very thin skin. Can be fried, pickled or dried - delicious when cooked whole on the BBQ.

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CHILLI

Cayenne

Classic long slim hot chilli pepper. Thin-walled, can be used fresh or dried.

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Etna

Attractive, compact plant producing small upward-growing bunches of bright red, very hot fruit.

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Habanero

Dark green ripening to orange, the hottest home garden chilli, 50mm wrinkled tapered lantern shaped fruit. Short and spreading in habit. Heat 10.

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Jalapeno

Small oval bright red fruit to 30mm diameter up to 75mm long, prolific, firm thick flesh. Bush habit to 1m. Known dried as chipotle chillies

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EGGPLANT

Violetta Lunga

‘Long violet’ eggplant is a consistent early producer with a classic rich taste. Produces deep purple fruit to about 20cm.

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Prosperosa

Heirloom variety with very attractive, large, round fruit in shades of purple but pure white under the bracts at the stem. White, creamy flesh, small seeds and a texture reminiscent of mushrooms.

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Tonda Bianca Sfumata di Rosa

Mid to early, vigorous bushy plant producing very tasty large white fruits with pink shading. Firm white flesh with few seeds.

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Black Beauty

The eggplant we know well. A mid-early, vigorous productive plant bearing shiny, dark purple, rounded, mid-sized fruit.

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CAPSICUM

Corno Giallo

"Yellow horn" is a very sweet pepper that reaches its brilliant yellow colour in our shorter summer seasons. Contains a thin skin and fleshy walls about 20cm long, ideal to stuff, fry or grill.

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Corno Rosso

“Red horn" is a very sweet pepper that reaches its brilliant red colour in our shorter summer seasons. Contains a thin skin and fleshy walls about 20cm long, ideal to stuff, fry or grill.

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Topepo  Rosso

Sweet and fleshy smaller squat red pepper, about 7cm wide and 4cm high. Eat fresh, roast, or pickle.

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Gourmet Orange

Delicious and very special orange bell pepper that reaches its brilliant orange colour in our shorter summer seasons.

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Sweet Chocolate

Smooth, medium-small, tapered and chocolate-coloured bells with long fruit stems. Very mild flavour, medium thick flesh.

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Ace

Excellent hybrid bell pepper that is highly productive, has good disease resistance and turns red early.

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Red Knight

Excellent hybrid bell pepper that is highly productive, has good disease resistance, is thick-walled and turns red early.

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BASIL

Italiano classico

This brilliant green, aromatic basil has superior flavour , and will be the hero of any summer salad. Tip prune regularly to maintain compact, bushy growth.

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Foglie di lattuga

"Lettuce-leaf basil". This is a vigorous plant with large leaves and a milder taste than Italiano Classico. The broad leaf can make quick work of basil dishes such as pesto. Tip prune regularly to maintain compact, bushy growth.

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Violetto aromatico

Attractive purple basil with a similar habit to Italiano classico. Wonderful for ornamental planting in both edible and non-edible landscapes, but also has good aroma and flavour. Tip prune regularly to maintain compact, bushy growth.

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Thai Basil

This delightful, anise flavoured basil is used extensively in Thai cooking and salads. Early rustic and attractive variety, vigorous and easy to grow, with distinctive aromatic leaves. Tip prune regularly to maintain compact, bushy growth.

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