For sale on our website, sundried tomatoes prepared according to the best Italian traditions. The ripened tomatoes are hand-picked and carefully selected to be naturally dehydrated. Only the juiciest and fleshiest fruits are chosen to be sliced in half and arranged on racks made only from natural materials and exposed to the rays of the sun. About 5 days later the dehydrated sun dried tomatoes are ready to by hand-packed. The Gemignani family from San Miniato, well-known for their mushroom and truffle picking and preserving, also make dry packed sun dried tomatoes ready for use in your cooking. All you have to do is chop them finely and add them to your vegetable base for soups or sauces, or directly to pasta with garlic, basil, chilli and a spoonful of Tuscan extra virgin olive oil, the quality ingredient also available from our online store. Our imported Italian sundried tomatoes can also be softened in warm water for about 30 minutes for use in any kind of recipe. On every pack you will find “Le ricette di Nonna Oretta” (‘Grandma Oretta’s recipes’), useful guidelines from the Gemignani household for the preparation of tasty pasta dishes, appetizers and dressings. Only the best quality, naturally ripened Italian tomatoes are used to make dehydrated sun dried tomatoes. The sun-drying process is one of the most ancient methods of preserving food without destroying its nutritional properties and it is still widely used today. Sundried tomatoes are full of flavour and are the perfect accompaniment for the many Mediterranean condiments on sale on Vivere la Toscana.