Did you know that efore the availability of modern canning methods, Italians dried tomatoes on their tile roofs for use during the winter when fresh tomatoes were not a possibility.
Nowadays, sun-dried tomatoes are not as popular in Italy as they are in the U.S. – their popularity has increased significantly during the last decades as they’ve become a pantry staple of home chefs.
And tomatoes are packed with the antioxidant Lycopene:
Dietary intake of tomatoes and tomato products containing lycopene has been shown to be associated with a decreased risk of chronic diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. The antioxidant properties of lycopene are thought to be one of the main factors resposible for its beneficial effects.
So here’s to your health!