Dried tomatoes have recently appeared on the Russian market, but in just a couple of years they have won the hearts of gourmets. You can talk about the benefits of this “dry vegetable” for a long time, but does such a dish have any drawbacks? FAN collected information on this issue.
Sun-dried tomatoes were first prepared in Italy, where there are more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Halves of ripe selected tomatoes are placed on large tables and left to dry directly in the open air. After about 4-5 days (and in the conditions of the Russian south and all 7), the tomatoes lose excess moisture, after which they are prepared for long-term storage. By the way, in recent decades, tomatoes have been dried using an oven, which has almost no effect on consumer properties.
Dried halves are most often placed in glass jars along with aromatic herbs and poured with olive oil. There is also such a harvesting method as vacuumization.
What does sun-dried tomatoes taste like?
The taste of ready-made sun-dried tomatoes resemble prunes only with sourness and with the aroma of a tomato. This peculiar bouquet is used in the future to enrich sauces, meat and fish dishes, as a snack, and so on. In addition, sun-dried tomatoes can be smoked or soaked in water and get an ingredient similar in taste to fresh tomatoes.
Benefits of Sun Dried Tomatoes
A sun-dried tomato retains all the properties of a fresh vegetable. It is also rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, D, E, a long series of B vitamins, lycopene, has a positive effect on the nervous system, blood composition, and helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar. The prepared vegetable has a low energy value (only 23 kcal) and moderate carbohydrate content (43.5 g), and therefore it is great as a snack for both diabetics and weight monitors.
The most amazing feature of tomatoes is their high content of lycopene, a carotenoid enzyme that gives them their bright red color. It has a positive effect on the nervous and cardiovascular systems, protects the prostate gland, strengthens the walls of blood vessels and capillaries, slows down aging. The substance is best released during heat treatment – this is why sun-dried or oven-dried tomatoes are so useful.
But can everyone eat this superfood? It turns out that due to the high content of oxalic acid, people with urolithiasis, gout, those who suffer from high stomach acidity, gastritis and ulcers should not abuse the dish. Such lovers of sun-dried tomatoes should control portions and frequency of use. Also, in diseases of the liver and gallbladder, it is recommended to carefully remove olive oil from the halves of tomatoes.
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