Sun-Dried Tomatoes are regular tomatoes after a specific drying process. Typical of southern Italian regions, above alla Puglia and Sicily, they have a very long shelf-life.
Sun-Dried Tomatoes are an important food, nutritionally speaking, as they are rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, carotenoids and vitamin C. Besides that, generally speaking, tomatoes are notoriously acidic, hence may help digestion.
The sun-drying process can be carried on at home. Once you have chosen the best tomatoes, you need to cut them in half and spread with salt. They they should be exposed tu sunlight. At night, after sunset, take them back inside the house, so that they won’t be exposed to humidity.
Just remember that you have to store your Sun-Dried Tomatoes in air-tight pots, away from moist. You can also store them with capers, anchovies and oregano, cover with oil and close with the lid.
In cooking, you can choose if you prefer to use your Sun-Dried Tomatoes plain, or else to enrich your dishes, like first dishes, soups, pizzas, or side dishes and even appetizers. For example, you can make pasta with fish and capers, or maybe with ricotta and walnuts.