Cooking curiosity: What is heart of palm?

Hearts of palmImage credit: Hearts of palm by Joel Kramer, on Flickr. CC BY 2.0.

What is heart of palm?

Heart of palm is the inner portion of the stem of certain types of palm trees. These trees grow in tropical climates with Costa Rica being one of the largest exporters of heart of palm to the United States.

What does heart of palm taste like?

The texture of a heart of palm is firm and crisp. It has a mild flavor that tastes similar to artichoke.

What are the nutritional benefits of heart of palm?

Heart of palm is important to staying healthy, by providing several key vitamins and minerals that support growth and immunity. Heart of palm contains 2% of your recommended daily intake of zinc which supports immunity and wound healing, vitamin C (4% of your recommended daily intake) and manganese (20% of your recommended daily intake), is a mineral important to bone building and wound healing.

How do you use heart of palm?

Heart of palm is typically eaten raw as a salad ingredient, it can also  deep fried or added as a crispy treat to a stir fry. Have you gotten your hands on some fresh heart of palm and don’t know how to get started? Here are some recipes using heart of palm:

What you about you? Do you love heart of palm? What’s your favorite way to eat it?