Sun-dried tomatoes are a popular ingredient in Italian cuisine. Sun-dried tomatoes are ripe tomatoes that lose most of their water content after spending a majority of their drying time in the sun.
Chef/Owner Pietro of Trattoria Toscana in Temecula, makes his own sun-dried tomatoes from tomatoes he grows in his organic garden, one of the many ways he utilizes fresh, high quality organic ingredients to create delicious Italian dishes. Pietro slices the garden tomatoes and sprinkles salt over them before placing them in the sun to dry. Typically, tomatoes spend 4–10 days in the sun in order for the sun-drying process to be complete. Tomatoes can lose up to 93% of water during the process. As a result, it takes anywhere from 8 to 14 kilos of fresh tomatoes to make a single kilo of sun-dried tomatoes.
Enjoy fresh daily specials featuring Pieto's sun-dried tomatoes at Trattoria Toscana!