In Season: May to November
Sun-dried tomatoes are ripe tomatoes that lose most of their water content after spending a majority of their drying time in the sun. Typically, tomatoes spend 4-10 days in the sun in order for the sun-drying process to be complete. After the procedure, the tomato fruits will keep their nutritional value. The tomatoes are high in lycopene, antioxidants, and vitamin C, and low in sodium, fat, and calories.
Sun-dried tomatoes can be used in a wide variety of recipes and come in a variety of shapes and colours depending on the types of tomatoes used. Sun-dried tomatoes are also available in the form of pastes or purées.
Sun-dried tomatoes may also be preserved in olive oil, along with other ingredients such as rosemary, basil, dried paprika, and garlic.