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Seed Packets: Herbs by Piccolo Seeds
Seed packs for the contemporary home garden. The herbs you can grow from these seeds are specially designed for pot growing: compact, dwarf varieties, suitable for terrace garden spaces.
Each packet come with growing instructions and advice.
All the varieties are open-pollinated, non-hybrid and non-GMO from controlled, certified cultivations that are Italian, EU or Extra-EU.
The number of seeds varies from pack to pack, depending on the size of the seed, the type of plant and its rarity.
Catnip Nepeta: The name ‘Nepeta’ is derived from the Etrurian city of Neptic, where, historically, this catnip plant is thought to have grown extensively. In France, where catnip is called herbe aux chats, it was used to make tea, prior to the arrival of Chinese teas. Nowadays, the most well-known use of catnip is as a attractant for cats. It’s the nepetalactone compound that our furry friends are drawn to – it has strong behavioural effects across the cat family.
Genovese Basil: Genovese Basil is perhaps the most famous sweet basil variety in the world. Known for its use in pesto, the best Genovese Basil is said to be grown in western Genoa, Italy. Its round leaves are dark green and appear more matte than those of its shinier cousin, Common Basil. Genovese Basil has even gained DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) status from the Italian Government.
Greek Oregano: Greek Oregano (Origanum vulgare var. hirtum) is a subspecies of common oregano, with a much stronger flavour and fragrance. Graced with beautiful white flowers, Greek Oregano is said to have been invented by the Grecian goddess of love, Aphrodite herself! The term ‘oregano’ can be translated loosely from Greek as ‘joy of the mountains’, a fitting name for a plant found in the naturally rocky habitat of its homeland.
Quedlinburger Niederliegende Lemon Balm: The variety is higher in essential-oil content than other lemon balms. The list of reasons to love and grow lemon balm is endless – it has culinary, cosmetic and medicinal values, and a beautiful lemon scent. The tongue-twister of a name hails from the town of Quedlinburg, which sits just north of the Harz mountains in Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt region.
Gigante d'Italia Parsley: Parsley Gigante d’Italia is a deep green, broad-leaved plant, with strong stalks, a fresh, slightly spicy aroma and a tangy-sweet flavour. Also known as Sellerina, because its long stalks can also be eaten like celery, parsley is a particularly high yielding variety that is well suited to autumn cultivation due to its resistance to the cold.
Moroccan Spearmint: Moroccan Mint (Mentha spicata var. crispa) is a pretty, compact variety of mint that looks good in your garden and can be used to flavour food, make tea or simply scent your patio! As it combines imported ingredients (tea from China and imported sugar) with a local ingredient (fresh mint), Moroccan mint tea is an early example of globalization in cuisine.
Thai Basil: Thai Basil (Ocimum basilicum var. thyrsiflora) is a spicy, anise-liquorice flavoured basil, which is also known as horapa in the Thai language. With their lovely purple stems and purple-veined leaves on a shiny, dark green background, these plants are not only grown for their culinary uses but also as ornamental specimens.
Thyme de Provence: Thyme De Provence, or ‘Summer Thyme’, is a popular perennial herb that is well known for its culinary, medicinal and ornamental uses. With its tiny, soft, grey-green leaves and small, pinkish flowers, Thyme de Provence is spicier than common thyme and is the preferred option in authentic French cuisine. In fact, it is the leading component in the famous Herbes de Provence dried-herb mix, as well as in the Bouquet garni – a bundle of string-tied herbs used to flavour soups and stews.
Piccolo was born in 2012 with the intention of offering seeds for urban gardens. They have a mix of vegetables, edibles flowers and herbs specially designed for pot-growing, which are compact, dwarf varieties, suitable for terrace garden spaces.
Based in Italy.