For the biggest pop of tomato flavor around, these sun-dried tomatoes from Fratepietro are as good as it gets. They’re grown in Puglia, the “heel” of Italy’s boot, where the southern heat (the region gets, on average, 2,500 hours of sun a year!) is tempered by cool breezes from the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. The tomatoes’ natural sugars are concentrated by those long hours in the sun, giving them a well-balanced flavor profile that sings with ripe sweetness and umami goodness. They’re hand-picked, then dried in that same intense sunshine the way Pugliese farmers have done for centuries. The result: super-sweet, savory morsels with a ton of rich tomato flavor in every bite that are packed in a neutral oil so all you taste are the tomatoes. They’re perfect for layering into full-flavored dishes—or just snack on them straight out of the jar.
Puglia is known for its beautiful whitewashed towns, sparkling beaches, and rich agricultural history. It's also home to Agricola Fratepietro, a fifth-generation family-owned company that has been growing Bella di Cerignola olives since 1890. They specialize in produce that celebrates their home region, from the famous olives to tomatoes and other vegetables that thrive in the southern heat.