The heart of palm are vegetables harvested from the soft core of a palm tree, native of the Amazon region. They’re also called palm heart, palmito, peach palm, burglar’s thigh, chonta, palm cabbage or swamp cabbage and they’re extremely popular in Latin American cuisine. Hearts of palm are also utilised often in French cuisine.
Many vegetarians use hearts of palm in their recipes, blending the vegetables to make spreads, eating them plain, cooking or adding the hearts of palm to salads. Importantly, hearts of palm are also gluten free.
Unfortunately some harvesting of many non-cultivated or wild single-stemmed hearts of palm can result in palm tree death, so in the interests of sustainability, like all of our products we have taken the time to get not only to the source, but to select a product range which is sustainable and ethical.
Our hearts of palms are brought to you by Cultiverde and are selected from the farmed pupunha palm trees in Brazil, meaning the tree can live on, long after you have enjoyed hearts of palms in your meal. Since harvesting is an involved process, palm hearts are regarded as a delicacy.