My New Obsession: Hearts of Palm
Sitting near the side of my refrigerator, I noticed an interesting little jar last week. It was filled with something called hearts of palm, and I’ll admit, they were kind of weird looking. Each one was about 3-4 inches long, and half an inch think.
Milky white in color, they almost reminded me extra large cigarettes. When I touched them, I was a little put off by the slippery, slimy texture, but when I noticed that there was a mini cylinder within the outer shell, I was like, “I need to try this!” Keep reading to see what I thought!
I make salads pretty regularly, and the hearts of palm seemed like a perfect fit in my spinach salad. But first, I wanted to try the vegetable myself. I took one big chunk, and I was hooked. I loved the fact that there was a big cylinder and a small one!
Here’s my salad pic:
Here’s what’s in my salad:
- Red bell pepper
- Cherry tomatoes
- Green olives
- Hearts of palm
- Feta cheese
- Balsamic vinaigrette
It was so delicious!! The hearts of palm have an interesting flavor, kind of like an artichoke, but better!
I did a little bit of research after I devoured my salad, and here are some of the interesting things I discovered about my new favorite ingredient:
- Hearts of palm can also be called palm heart, palmito, burglar’s thigh, chonta, palm cabbage and swamp cabbage.
- Hearts of palm is a vegetable harvested from the soft inner core and bud of certain palm trees
- They’re very popular in Latin American cuisine.
Here are some other salad recipes I found that include hearts of palm that I want to try:
Shrimp and Hearts of Palm Salad – This simple seafood salad is flavorful with a homemade peanut and ginger Thai dressing.
Artichoke and Hearts of Palm Salad – This is a great side dish with plenty of nutrition!
Apple, Avocado and Hearts of Palm Salad – A nice, refreshing and original salad that goes well with roasted or grilled chicken or beef brisket.
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