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 

Tortorello Verde Barese Melon

Tortorello Verde Barese Melon JS226

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

Tuvaglieda Bean

Tuvaglieda Bean, JS206

Another one of Beanmaster Domenico Belisarios special selections. Domenico... Read More
Umbrian Cicerchia

Umbrian Cicerchia JS183


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

Violetta di Puglia

Violetta di Puglia JS196

Southern Italy is the land of Fava beans. In almost all of the Southern... Read More
Vysoke Purple Pointed Head Cabbage

Vysoke Purple Pointed Head Cabbage JS258

This amazingly beautiful head cabbage comes to us from Eastern Europe.... Read More
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
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