Dried Tomatoes
Product of:
Spain
Size:
2.8 oz.
(80g)
Item Number:
28715
Price:
$7.00

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Description
Grown naturally in Andalucía, Spain, these organic tomatoes are hand-picked at peak ripeness, cut in half and then dried in a traditional way without adding salt, preservatives, colorants or chemicals. The drying happens right after the harvest, without the use of liquid paraffin or sulfur dioxide. Sourced from small and medium growers, it takes 17 pounds of fresh tomatoes to make one pound of dry tomatoes. Certified organic by Andalusian Committee of Organic Farming, the EU and USDA.
Taste and Pairing
To rehydrate, place the dried tomatoes in boiling water for two to four minutes. Alternatively, soak in cold water for two hours. These 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. It spread with the Spanish Empire and was incorporated into the 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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Dogukan A, Tuzcu M, Agca CA et al. A tomato lycopene complex protects the kidney from cisplatin-induced injury via affecting oxidative stress as well as Bax, Bcl-2, and HSPs expression. Nutrition and Cancer. Volume 63, Issue 3, 2011

Etminan M, Takkouche B, and Caamano-Isorna F. The role of tomato products and lycopene in the prevention of prostate cancer: a meta-analysis of observational studies. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Volume 13, Issue 3, March 2004

Lazarus SA, Bowen K, Garg ML. Tomato juice and platelet aggregation in type 2 diabetes. The Journal of the American Medical Association August 18, 2004
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