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Sundried Tomatoes

Available from the Charcuterie Suzanne Delicatessen counter at Arkadia Foodstore Gozo

Sundried Tomatoes
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Sun-dried tomatoes are a delightful culinary treat that intensifies the natural sweetness and flavour of ripe tomatoes through a slow and careful drying process. Originating in the Mediterranean region, this preservation method dates back centuries and was employed to ensure tomatoes were available during the off-season when fresh produce was scarce.

To create sun-dried tomatoes, ripe tomatoes are sliced and then left to dry in the sun or in a dehydrator. As the moisture evaporates, the tomatoes become concentrated, resulting in a chewy texture and a rich, robust taste. The drying process also enhances the tomatoes' umami profile, making them a versatile ingredient in various dishes.

These intensely flavoured tomatoes are a popular addition to salads, pasta dishes, pizzas, and sandwiches, adding a burst of tanginess and complexity. They can also be rehydrated in warm water or oil before use, softening them and allowing them to release their flavours more readily.

Beyond their culinary appeal, sun-dried tomatoes offer nutritional benefits. They are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, such as lycopene, which has been associated with various health benefits, including promoting heart health and protecting against certain types of cancer.

Whether enjoyed on their own as a savoury snack or incorporated into a myriad of dishes, sun-dried tomatoes continue to captivate taste buds with their concentrated, delightful taste and bring a touch of the Mediterranean sun to kitchens worldwide.

Recipe: Sundried Tomato Pesto

Time: 10 mins


  • 240g sundried tomatoes in oil
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp salt


1. Combine the sundried tomatoes, basil leaves, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic, and salt in a food processor.

2. Add olive oil gradually while the mixture is processing.

3. Transfer to an airtight container and store in a refrigerator for up to one week.

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