The tomato is the edible, often red, fruit of the tomato plant. Its use as a food originated in Central America and spread throughout the world following the Spanish colonization. Tomato is consumed in many parts of the world in diverse ways, including raw, as an ingredient in many dishes, sauces, salads, soups and drinks.
Numerous varieties of tomato are either cultivated as an annual crop in temperate climates across the world or in greenhouses in cooler climates, allowing them to be produced throughout the year. Botanically tomatoes are a fruit, but they are cooked as a vegetable. The main producing country of dehydrated tomatoes is China followed by the US and Southern European countries like Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece.
Dried tomatoes are available as flakes, granules and powder.