Inspiration for this variety are ingredients that most of us readily associate with Italy although sun-ripened red tomatoes and sweet fragrant basil culinary essentials in the rest of the Mediterranean and Southeast Asian cuisines.
The history of sundried tomatoes is uncertain, the Aztecs began salting and sun-drying them to preserve them around the year 700 AD. In modern times it was the Italians that dried their tomatoes on their ceramic rooftops and then celebrity chefs discovered them and their popularity soared.
Basil, also known as the king of herbs takes its name from the Greek word βασιλεὐς meaning king… I’m starting to feel like the father in My Big Fat Greek Wedding who found (or made up) a Greek connection to every single word in the English language. But, the origin of the word basil is true I promise!
Parmesan, properly known as Parmigiano-Reggiano takes its name from the areas that produce it - Parma, Reggio, Emilia, Modena, Bologna (but only west of the river Reno) and Mantua (but only south of the river Po).
The concentrated flavour of sundried tomatoes makes them an excellent addition to savoury dishes and also a natural choice for a Saffin. It takes about 12 kgs of fresh tomatoes and many hours of drying out in an extremely low oven (due to absence of hot Mediterranean sun in the UK) to make just 1kg of sundried tomatoes.
Tomatoes are high in lycopene, lutein and beta-carotene, powerful antioxidants that protect the eyes against cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Importantly they keep their nutritional value even after sun-drying.
Basil’s essential oils that give the herb its distinct smell and taste are also responsible for its healing benefits. It is these essential oil compounds that defend basil from predators like bugs and strains of bacteria in the soil and so when we eat basil we ingest the same protective oils that boost immunity and protect from disease.
Parmesan is a flavour enhancer and so often used as a condiment than eaten on its own. However, it is a cheese packed with protein and calcium that the body uses to repair and maintain itself
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