Maybe a bit, if you take the energy to dehydrate them into account. Make your own to save money and energy!
The environmental impact of sundried tomatoes shouldn’t be any more than that of regular tomatoes. If you’re buying authentic sundried tomatoes, the energy used to dehydrate them should be the all-natural, totally self-sustaining energy of the sun. Hence the name. You don’t have to buy them packaged either. Most grocery stores offer them in bulk, so you could bring your own bag to buy them in, minimizing impact. The greatest environmental impact lies in the actual cultivation of the original tomato, so either make your own, as greengenie suggested, from either your homegrowns or local, organic tomatoes, or buy organic sundried tomatoes in bulk.
They could actually be better for the environment, depending on where you live. In many parts of the US, tomatoes will be shipped for hundreds of miles to reach your table, and since most of the weight of a tomato is water, dried tomatoes will use less energy on they journey from farmers fields to the store than fresh ones.
Sun dried tomatoes also dont have to be refridgerated during storage which takes quite a bit of energy. You can keep sundried tomatoes on your shelf for at least a year, without having to use one bit of energy to prevent it from spoiling, whereas fresh tomatoes have to be refridgerated from harvest, through transport, in the grocery store and at your home.
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