My Agretti this year (2023) were sown into a bed of sandy seed compost which had been watered, and then covered with some more compost and lightly watered again. This method seems to suit them well and I have had about 95% success rate of germination. Now about 9 inches high and I'm looking forward to enjoying them with fish once more.
UK ONLY/Large Box. Agretti (Salsola Soda) is found ONLY in the Mediterranean basin and is NOT Japanese Salsola Okahijiki. As sought after as truffles, and we may ration supplies if demand outstrips supply. Sold on a first-come-first-served basis. **Featured in the Independent in this great article http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/agretti-the-italian-vegetable-that-chefs-are-fighting-over-10077674.html and **As seen on Masterchef 10/4/14. Agretti / Roscano / Barba di Frate Also called Roscano or Barba di Frate (Salsola Soda), this is very popular in Italy and has become the latest in vegetable in fancy Italian restaurants.
When mature(50 or so days) they are a 12 inches wide, 24 inch tall bush that looks like a huge chive and they are used mainly in Rome and Umbria. Really good with fish and seafood, it is a mild flavoured green which is a little bit bitter, a bit sourish, but a lot wonderful !! Almost impossible to find in the UK and very, very gastronomic. You can just braise them in some olive oil w/ garlic and serve as a side dish. Can also boil them and dress with some olive oil.
Plant as soon as the ground can be worked. Sow and cover with 1/2 inch soil. Space seeds 4-6 inches apart. Thin to one plant 8-12 inches apart in row or raised bed. Germination time: 7-10 days Start cutting from the plants when they are about 6-8 inches tall. Cut the green tops or sections of the plant; it then will re-grow. It has a very short sowing window and the seed will NOT keep, hence it's rareness. 100g pack. Customer advice - please compare the price per gram of this variety very carefully when shopping around. @400-500 seeds
Lovely vegetable similar to samphire
having bought agretti seeds from another supplier with absolutely no germination success, i was very happy with my franchi seeds which had a very good rate of germination. well worth the money
Seeds from the box failed to germinate but there was about 20-30% germination of the seeds from the packet
I grew this for the first time last year (21) and enjoyed it steamed for about 5 minutes to accompany fish dishes. Holds a lovely crisp bite and is delicious, with a little lemon juice alongside fish. I already have mine ready to sow shortly and this year will sow the whole packet. It takes a little time to germinate and then the shoots come up with the seed on top before that drops off to allow the fronds to appear. Lasts well into autumn and doesn't demand much attention. Recommend highly!
A lovely large box of fresh agretti seeds. These take a while to germinate and the plant's germination efficiency is notoriously low, so the large pack is a boon and very good value. I'm really looking forward to planting them. We grew some last year and really enjoyed the plants for their slightly salty, fresh taste. They're great lightly sauteed in olive oil and served with pasta. Last year we didn't realise they were "cut and come again" - won't make that mistake again!