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When did "sun dried tomatoes" get in vogue?

Asked by Mr_M (7596points) September 1st, 2008

They weren’t always around. How did they get to the public’s eye? How else do you dry tomatoes? What’s so special about “sun dried”?

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stratman37's avatar

great question, I love the little guys myself. I suspect that sundried tomatoes have been around as long as the sun and tomatoes have been around. Just goes to show, good taste never goes out of style!

marinelife's avatar

The history is below. They came here as a marketing thing. What you get with them is a concentration of flavor. I like to use a little bit in dishes.

“Italians dried tomatoes on their tile roofs for use in winter when fresh tomatoes were not an option. Nowadays, sun-dried tomatoes (pomodori secchi in Italian) are not as popular in Italy as they are in America, where they are mostly relegated to antipasto or as a flavor-booster for sauce. These dried, concentrated vessels of flavor have enjoyed a popularity boost in the United States in the past couple of decades, initially as a gourmet item but fast becoming a favorite of home cooks.”


andrew's avatar

Right before pomegranate stole the spotlight, if I remember correctly.

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