Success with Zucchetta

Success with Zucchetta

We recently asked our customers to tell us about their favorite zucchini varieties. Quite a few people mentioned two varieties that technically aren't zucchini at all — they are known as Zucchetta. Bu …
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Three Types of Arugula

Three Types of Arugula

Arugula is one of those typically Italian vegetables that has become mainstream in America. And for good reason. It's a delicious green, with a lot more flavor than lettuce, plus it's quick and easy t …
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If you want to try Agretti, grow your own

If you want to try Agretti, grow your own

In our global economy, where almost every kind of food can be imported from afar, only rare, regional, and highly perishable foods remain elusive. Agretti is a prime example — it’s a Mediterranean veg …
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Import restrictions on tomato, pepper seed

Import restrictions on tomato, pepper seed

In late 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture abruptly imposed a ban on the import of tomato and pepper seeds until they are tested and found free of a new virus that is afflicting commerc …
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The Artichoke Challenge

The Artichoke Challenge

If you’re the kind of gardener who likes to flex your horticultural muscle with a challenging crop, may we suggest Italian artichokes? Artichokes are perennial in their Mediterranean home, where it ne …
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Better than San Marzano?

Better than San Marzano?

Paste tomatoes are essential to every dedicated gardener who wants to preserve a bit of summer by making their own passata. With so many Italian paste tomato varieties available, how do you choose? We …
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The quickest way to grow basil

The quickest way to grow basil

In the U.S., most people grow basil into large plants and pick individual leaves from them all summer. That's how we did it when we were market farming: we would start the seeds indoors in winter, tra …
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Lavender Ginger Biscotti

Lavender Ginger Biscotti

½ cup unsalted butter (room temperature)¾ cup sugar1 large egg1 tsp. vanilla extract¾ tsp. baking powder¾ tsp. sea saltLemon zest (1/2 lemon)2 tsp. dried lavender flowers (crushed between your fingers …
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How to choose tomato varieties

How to choose tomato varieties

We import 40 varieties of Italian tomatoes, all of them traditional favorites, and our selection represents every possible shape, size, and flavor. They all can be grown in the U.S. and, because they …
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Garlic varieties explained

Garlic varieties explained

When getting started with garlic production, growers soon learn that there are literally hundreds of named cultivars or strains available in the U.S. and Canada. Choosing among that wealth of options …
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