It is always great to see new businesses come to town and even more so when they bring us Italian flavours with the requisite Italian panache and style. Italian Seeds Pronto are New Plymouth based but offer a national mail order service supplying seed of heirloom and heritage vegetable varieties sourced from Italy. They kindly sent samples of pomodoro tomatoes and basil seed packets and I can’t report on the growth and flavour until the end of the season. But if you have ever been to Italy and sampled their very flavoursome fresh produce (best tomatoes I have ever eaten were the ones I consumed there in May), you may want to look at their stylish catalogue. From Italian parsley through to finocchio (fennel bulbs are a favourite here), a range of tomatoes, lettuces, radicchio, Roman cauliflower, rockets, celeriac and more are all available in seed packets.
There is a section of certified organic seed all priced at $8 a packet while the remainder at $6.90 a packet and the catalogue tells you how many seeds you can expect for your money. These seem to be very generous so you can share with friends.
Their website is not up and running yet but they can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/fax +64 6 758 4190.