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Mar 6 '11
“HEART OF PALM” (also known as Palmitos, Swamp Cabbage or Burglar’s Thigh!)
WHAT IS IT? As it’s name suggests…it is literally the heart of a palm! In particular it is the inner core of young palm varieties such as the Palmito Jucara, Acai or Pejibaye. Growers have also developed a variety called Peach Palm that can yield up to 40 hearts and live on after harvesting, encouraging sustainable farming practices and allowing it to be available at an affordable price. WHERE IS IT FROM? The largest producers are Brasil, Ecuador and Costa Rica. WHAT DOES IT TASTE LIKE? Heart of Palm is versatile and famed for it’s unique and delicate flavour. So, what does it taste like? Perhaps slightly nutty,with a little hint White Asparagus / Artichoke. It has a certain indefinable quality and interesting texture that make it a very welcome addition to almost any dish. HOW CAN I USE IT? Try it in our Pollo Pinxtos. OR try it at home in almost any salad dish (you can slice it in rounds or peel in strips lengthways) or with a grilled prawn / scallopdish with a good squeeze of fresh lemon or lime.