Sun -dried Tomatoes are ripe tomatoes which are placed in the sun to remove most of the water content. Twenty pounds of fresh, ripe tomatoes will dry down to just one pound of sun dried tomatoes. Sun-dried tomatoes have the same nutritional value as the fresh tomatoes they are made from: they are high in Lycopene, antioxidants, vitamin C and low in sodium, fat, and calories.
Sun-dried tomatoes were born in Italy as a way to store fresh tomatoes for the winter. Today, sun- dried tomatoes are used around the world as a gourmet ingredient. They can be used in a wide variety of recipes such as tomato pesto, pastas, salads, gourmet pizzas and sandwiches.