Dried Cherry Tomatoes
Product of:
Spain
Size:
2.5 oz.
(70g)
Item Number:
28716
Price:
$7.50

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Description
Grown naturally in region of Andalusia, Spain, these organic cherry tomatoes are hand-picked just as they ripen, and then dried in a traditional air tunnel without adding salt, preservatives, colorants or chemicals. The drying occurs without the use of liquid paraffin or sulfur dioxide. Certified organic by Andalusian Committee of Organic Farming, the EU and USDA.
Taste and Pairing
To rehydrate, place the tomatoes in boiling water for two to four minutes. Alternatively, soak in cold water for two hours. These small, delicious tomatoes may be used directly in salads, sauce, as seasoning and in stews. Shelf life: two years from production date. Storage: place in cool and dry place, do not refrigerate.
Science
While a staple of the healthy Mediterranean diet, the tomatoes arrived in Europe in the 1500’s from South America. There, the precursor to today’s tomato was first cultivated in what is now Mexico most likely by the ancient Aztecs as far back as 500 BCE. Cherry tomatoes are closer to the original smaller tomatoes of the Aztec than today’s larger European varieties. The tomato fruit spread with the Spanish Empire and was incorporated into the European and global cuisine in the late 17th century. Sun-dried tomatoes were originally developed so that they can be used during winter months when fresh tomatoes were not available.

Lycopene is a form of antioxidant present in tomatoes. Research links tomatoes to heart health, prevention of prostate and breast cancer. An excellent source of vitamins C and A as well as vitamin K important in bone health.

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Tan HL, Thomas-Ahner JM, Grainger EM et al. Tomato-based food products for prostate cancer prevention: what have we learned? Cancer Metastasis Review. September 2010

Palozza P, Parrone N, Catalano A et al. Tomato lycopene and inflammatory cascade: basic interactions and clinical implications. Current Medicinal Chemistry. Volume 17, Number 23, August 2010

Shieh JM, Cheng TH, Shi MD et al. a-Tomatine suppresses invasion and migration of human non-small cell lung cancer NCI-H460 cells through inactivating FAK/PI3K/Akt signaling pathway and reducing binding activity of NF-kB. Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics Volume 60, Number 3, 2011
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