Like the fresh tomatoes, the sundried ones are considered one of the healthier Mediterranean foods because of their high content in vitamins and minerals. Another advantage is that they have a low Kcal value – a medium sized tomato contains only 36 calories, ideal for those who care for their weight.
In recent years, sundried tomatoes have a quite dynamic presence in Greek gastronomy and our chefs keep on discovering ways to use them in new exciting recipes. The sundried tomato is an excellent ingredient of sauces for pastas, meat and fish, also for vinaigrettes and appetizer dips. It can be added shopped, in salads and sandwiches. Smashed into puree can make a perfect match to pizzas and saganaki, hamburgers, and meatballs. It can be used in vegetable casseroles, in omelets, and as a garnish to various meat dishes. Of course, sundried tomatoes can be a delicious snack, accompanied with white cheese.
The way of making is the traditional one. They just dry fresh tomatoes in the sun. In the old days that was the way to preserve tomatoes for the winter. The waterless tomato varieties are the best to be dried in the sun. One of them is Santorini small tomatos. This unique Greek variety owes its exquisite taste firstly to the volcanic soil of the island, and secondly to the fact that the only water the plant absorbs is from the morning dew, the best way to optimize the minerals and trace elements of the soil.
A “bomb” of taste and vitamins, a“balsam” for the health are some of the descriptions of tomatoes, second vegetable consumption-wise in the world. It must be noted that recent researches proved that the sundried tomato contains more lycopene than the fresh one. Lycopene has a strong preventive action against diseases like cancer and heart condition, a strong antioxidant action as well, fighting the free radicals, which are a basic contributor in the ageing process. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties and can prevents inflammations and cures certain infections.
All kinds of tomatoes contain more than 500 carotenoids, among them the important antioxidant b-carotene. More researches proved that tomatoes consumption lowers the levels of cholesterol and arterial pressure and acts against heart diseases. It also helps in bone structure and nervous system function, acts against diabetes, while it activates metabolism at the same time. As the strongest advantage of sundried tomato is its unique taste, we recommend that you should try both of our specialties, in all your dishes: sundried tomatoes in oliveoil, and sundried tomatoes in olive oil flavored with aromatic herbs. The mixture of sundried tomato with virgin olive oil and aromatic herbs like basil, oregano and mint, promises a great gastronomical experience.