under the hot Greek sun .…..
The tradition of sun-drying fruits and vegetables under the Greek hot sun has been passed down from generation to generation, from antiquity till today. The need for preserving summer fruits and vegetables during the winter months has brought the habit of drying them individually in order to preserve their summer aromas all year round.
Sun-dried fruits are delicious snacks, good to savor any time of day, such as figs, grapes and tomatoes are the main dried products produced on most Greek Islands as well as in some areas of mainland Greece.
In the past the rooftops of island houses, which burned under the hot sun, were covered with large wooden boards placed under sheets shielding various fruits and vegetables let out to dry and then stored them in cloth bags and during winter used in the daily cooking recipes.
Today, sun-dried figs and the renowned Corinthian sultanas are Greece’s most important exporting products, to European countries, the USA and Canada and Greece is one the world’s largest producers of figs and because the fig harvesting season is short, almost 90% of the fig production is exported and sold sun-dried.
Enjoy these amazing super-foods as a healthy snack throughout the day, for cooking or tossed in your favorite green salad.