Very last-minute gift for kitchen gardeners: Seeds from Italy
One of my favorite seed sources is Seeds from Italy, which brings in Italian heirloom vegetable seeds from Franchi Sementi, a company that's been family-owned for more than 200 years.
Right up until the last minute you can get a gift certificate in any amount from $10 to $300, good for anything on its website, www.growitalian.com. That means purple Roman artichokes, eccentric chicories and radicchio, cima di rapa, ciliegia piccante (spicy cherry peppers), big yellow peppers from Piedmont and red marbled cippollini onions, to name a few. If you want to collect your own fennel pollen, it's got seeds for wild pollen, too.
You can speed things up by ordering an email gift certificate. To send your giftee a catalog via snail mail to help in spending that gift, fill out a catalog request with your recipient's name and address. The new edition comes out just after New Year's.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Image: Cover of Seeds from Italy catalog. Credit: Seeds from Italy