Italy

Italy

Joseph Simcox loves Italy. It is one of those rare countries that bridges time and still maintains a strong bond to it's past. Italy is actually a very mountainous country. Wherever there are mountains there is also great diversity. These fascinating seeds often have centuries of history behind them. In this section you will find rare melons, amazing heirloom beans and a great assortment of real rarities! We are extremely proud to have beans from the personal collection of famed Italian Bean farmer Domenico Bellisario. Domenico and his family have been growing beans for four generations. Also in this section you will find the absolutely unique Altrei Coffee. Joe's dear friend Otto Werth and his family having been growing this singularly unique crop for centuries! From the north we have the so called Cabbage Turnips--Naones. These extraordinary vegetables have been cultivated in the same region for more than two thousand years. Lastly there is a collection of "cucumber melons" from Southern Italy that is one of the most extensive around. Most of these seeds are offered here for the first time in North America. We test germination and believe seeds to be true to type--some landraces have inherent diversity and we consider this their character.. In most cases they have not been yet been trialled in our Baker Creek Gardens. Corn varieties in his collection have not had genetic testing due to small quantities on hand. By purchasing these seeds you are directly helping sponsor Joseph Simcox on his botanical adventures to bring us more of the earth's genetic treasures. Most varieties are extremely limited, often under 100 packets available. Thank you for your interest and support! This seed is brought to us by Botanical Explorer, Joseph Simcox: learn more here 

 
 
Oyster Leaf

Oyster Leaf JS262

In 2010 Joe made a trip to Tranzault, France, there he met a rare vegetable... Read More
         
 
 
$5.00
 
Spanish Black Carrot

Spanish Black Carrot JS255

This wonderful dark carrot, is one of the old world carrots that are black/brown.... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Limburgse Gele Van Mollenstaart carrot

Limburgse Gele Van Mollenstaart Carrot JS250

This is a rare old fashioned golden carrot from Belgium. It has several... Read More
         
 
 
$3.50
 
Vysoke Purple Pointed Head Cabbage

Vysoke Purple Pointed Head Cabbage JS258

This amazingly beautiful head cabbage comes to us from Eastern Europe.... Read More
         
 
 
$4.50
 
Panzaredda Nera 2

Panzaredda Nera Bean JS189

From the collection of Domenic Belisario, this spectacular bean is one... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Grande di Alta Murgia, Lathyrus sativus

Grande di Alta Murgia, Lathyrus sativus JS233

Horse lentils, That is what these magnificient pulses used to be called... Read More
         
 
 
$3.50
 
Carosello Tonda di Fasano

Carosello Tonda di Fasano Melon JS211

Another one of Joe;s incredible Cucumber Melon finds from Southern Italy.... Read More
         
 
 
$3.50
 
Treviso1

Rossa di Treviso Tardiva- Candy Stick Chicory JS241

Italy is the land of Chicory, there are hundreds of old heirloom varieties.... Read More
         
 
 
$5.00
 
Tuvaglieda Bean

Tuvaglieda Bean, JS206

Another one of Beanmaster Domenico Belisarios special selections. Domenico... Read More
         
 
 
$3.75
 
salsola soda

Salsola soda, Agretti JS187

This is one of Joe's favorite greens from Italy. Although the plant is... Read More
         
 
 
$3.00
 
Wild Gourmet Pea arvense

Wild Gourmet Pea of Umbria: "Roveja di Casteluccio" JS216

The so called Wild Gourmet Pea of Umbria is actually known by the fancy... Read More
         
 
 
$3.00
 
Carosello Barattiero Melon

Carosello Barattiero Melon JS222

The Carosello Barattiero Melon, is another one of the special "Cucumber"... Read More
         
 
 
$3.50
 
Arancino

Arancino Melon JS210

Southern Europe is full of all kinds of special heirloom melons. France... Read More
         
 
 
$3.75
 
Violetta di Puglia

Violetta di Puglia JS196

Southern Italy is the land of Fava beans. In almost all of the Southern... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Naone Giallo Cabbage Turnip

Naone Gialle Cabbage Turnip JS186

The Giant Trentino Ancient cabbage Turnip is one of the marvels of the... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Munachedda Pale Bean

Munachedda Pale bean JS207

This is one of Domenico Belisario's special selections, the bean is... Read More
         
 
 
$3.75
 
Monachelle di Trevio Bean

Monachelle di Trevio Bean (Angelini Family Selection) JS190

When Joe first learned about the Monachelle Bean from the area around... Read More

         
 
 
$4.00
 
Carosello Spuredda Leccese Verde

Carosello Spuredda Leccese Verde Melon JS225

 This particular "Cucumber melon" originates in the local environs... Read More

         
 
 
$3.50
 
Tortorello Verde Barese Melon

Tortorello Verde Barese Melon JS226

This wonderful "Cucumber Melon" from the Bari region of Southern... Read More

         
 
 
$3.50
 
Carosello Scopatizzo Barese Melon

Carosello Scopatizzo Barese Melon JS205

South Italy is the epicenter for a very unique group of melons- Melons... Read More
         
 
 
$3.50
 
Umbrian Cicerchia

Umbrian Cicerchia JS183

 

The Cicerchia is not so well known in the USA ,... Read More

         
 
 
$3.50
 
Lupine-Altrei

Altrei Coffee JS198

Altrei Coffee is one of the great discoveries of Ethnobotanists in... Read More

         
 
 
$4.50
 
Naone Rosse Trentino Antica

Ancient Giant Red Trentino Cabbage Turnip (Naone Rosse Antica Trentino) JS185

The Giant Trentino Ancient cabbage Turnip is one of the marvels of the... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Berretina Piacentina di Mantova

Berretina Piacentina di Mantova Squash JS217

This massive winter squash is a favorite traditional variety grown... Read More

         
 
 
$4.25
 
 
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