Turkey has an important position in the world tomato production, as in many other agricultural products. Tomatoes are consumed in different forms as well as being consumed fresh. Tomatoes and tomato products are not only an important source of nutrients, but they are also rich in carotenoids which have important functional properties in the body. Tomatoes and their products are important in terms of β-carotene which can be converted to vitamin A in the body. These products are also a good source of lycopene which is an antioxidant and it is stated that approximately 85% of lycopene taken from daily diet is taken from tomato products. High lycopene content of tomatoes and tomato products has a protective effect against some types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer's disease. These products are also a good source of vitamins such as niacin, vitamin K1, folate and vitamin C, as well as some mineral substances like potassium and dietary fiber which is important for health and balanced nutrition.
Due to the higher dry matter content than fresh tomatoes, dried tomatoes have higher nutritional values. In addition, it is known that the heat treatment applied during production releases the lycopene in tomato tissues and increases the bioavailability of it.
The tomatoes are picked by hand and dried naturally under the sun and become ideal for use in dishes, salads, pizzas and sandwiches.