Although it may seem that we are drowning in a sea of sun-dried tomatoes, so hot and heavy is the trend, they are part of a real Italian tradition. Many families dry their own year’s supply. I remember watching women in Ragusa Ibla in Sicily turn trays of tomatoes and tomato paste in the sun. Trendy they weren’t. They were simply preparing for winter when the desire for tomatoes was there and the fresh tomatoes weren’t.