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:
- Avocado and hearts of palm salad – This no-lettuce salad is light and refreshing. And avocado? Yes, please.
- Jerry’s hearts of palm salad – I don’t know who Jerry is, but this warm salad named after him looks delicious.
- Lemony hearts of palm salad – The tartness of lemon paired with the peppery flavor of arugula make this a lovely summer evening salad.
What you about you? Do you love heart of palm? What’s your favorite way to eat it?