Sun-dried tomatoes: properties and nutritional values

Packed with beneficial properties, sun-dried tomatoes can also be used to instantly add flavor and color to your recipes. But what are sun-dried tomatoes and how are they produced? The process is very simple: the tomatoes are cut in half and left to slowly dry in the sun. In this way, they lose all their water, leaving behind a strong and unmistakable concentration of flavor.

So let's have a look at the properties of sun-dried tomatoes, a tasty food that can be used in many recipes.

Nutritional values of sun-dried tomatoes

Sun-dried tomatoes are rich in natural antioxidants: in fact, they can help fight cellular aging and the damages caused by free radicals. They are also an excellent source of vitamin C and of lycopene.

In addition to these essential elements for our bodies, sun-dried tomatoes are also a good source of:

  • zinc
  • selenium
  • potassium
  • phosphorus

Calories in sun-dried tomatoes

Sun-dried tomatoes can contribute positively to our metabolism. But exactly how many calories do sun-dried tomatoes contain?
100 grams of natural sun-dried tomatoes contains about 210 kilocalories while the number of kilocalories in sun-dried tomatoes in oil can be as high as 240.

Sun-dried tomatoes with olive oil

How to eat sun-dried tomatoes

Sun-dried tomatoes can be preserved in two different ways: in salt or in oil.

  • Sun-dried tomatoes in salt: In the former case, it is a good idea to remove any excess salt before using them. In this way, they are also more digestible. In order to do this, just boil the sun-dried tomatoes for 1-2 minutes in unsalted water and then rinse them under the tap. Repeat according to taste.
  • Sun-dried tomatoes in oil: sun-dried tomatoes in oil, on the other hand, can be eaten just as they are: After having been steeped in warm water and vinegar in order to make them softer and remove any excess salt, these dried tomatoes are then placed inside jars with oil. They are therefore more hydrated than sun-dried tomatoes preserved in salt and ready to be used immediately. Sun-dried tomatoes in oil can therefore be added directly to your recipes.

How to use sun-dried tomatoes: some recipes

Thanks to their strong flavor, sun-dried tomatoes in oil are really useful in the kitchen: in fact, they can immediately add flavor and enrich even the simplest recipes. Have you tried our Sun-Dried Tomatoes?

You can use our Sun-Dried Tomatoes on sandwiches, flatbreads or savory crêpes (e.g. Crêpes with sun-dried tomatoes and brie) but also to add flavor to savory baked foods like focaccia, breadsticks or sun-dried tomato muffins.

They are also excellent blended together with herbs, garlic and almonds to make pâtés like our Cream of Sun-Dried Tomatoes, to be used as a condiment for pastas or risottos or as a spread on canapés and bruschetta.

Sun-dried tomatoes are rich in properties and benefits that not only add flavor to your recipes but also enable you to enrich your diet with important nutrients.

Sun-dried tomato and tuna sauce tarts