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Origin and characteristics:
It is believed that the first tomatoes were found in South America and exported to Europe sometime during the sixteenth century, where they were cultivated in regions with decent amount of sun throughout the year.
It was in Italy where sundried tomatoes could have been originated, as a result of looking for a way to be able to eat tomatoes during the entire year without using refrigerators.
Sundried tomatoes can be found throughout the year.
Sundried tomatoes offer three main benefits to our health:
First of all, tomatoes are rich on vitamin C, which assists boosting the immune system.
Secondly, the high amount of vitamin A that is found in tomatoes is essential for optimal vision. It protects the eyes from certain diseases caused by ageing; as cataracts or macular degeneration.
Thirdly, sundried tomatoes are a rich source of calcium, which is an essential component of bones. Calcium also prompts the contraction of heart muscles, minimizing the risk of heart attacks.
Sundried tomatoes will add full flavor to your dishes. Salads and pasta dishes are ideal to add generous amounts of this fruit.
One of our favorite recipes is the sundried tomato pesto and pasta. To get the pesto sauce right, you only need to mix sundried tomatoes, parmesan cheese, garlic, pine nuts and basil in a food processor and keep adding olive oil until the paste becomes smooth.
Once you had cooked the pasta, keep a three quarter cup from the drained water to add to the pesto paste which will be added to the pasta. Very quick and easy!