What is Heart of Palm?
Pacific Heart of Palm is a vegetable product – it is the single growing point at the top of the peach or pejibaye palm (Bactris gasipaes) from which the fronds/leaves are emerging on a continuous basis. Harvesting the peach palm is sustainable, because it is a palm with multiple stems, as one stem is cut, suckers are growing up to take its place and the palm is not killed. This is unlike harvesting for most species of palm for the heart which is destructive and the palms are killed.
How Pacific Heart of Palm is harvested and processed
Nutrition of Peach Palm Heart and Fruit
Peach palm fruit have long been known to be a highly nutritious food and a staple of the diet of the people of the Amazon. Besides having starch, oil and protein, peach palm fruit are rich in vitamins, especially important is vitamin A
Prawn, Ota & Heart of Palm Salad
Ura, Ota and Heart of Palm Salad
by Chef Colin Chung
- 60 g ( ¾ cup) Heart of Palm, diagonally sliced 2-3mm;
- ½ cup Ota (fern shoots), large tops blanched in salted water and cooled;
- 6 river Ura (prawns), tails shelled and cleaned except for the tail end;
- 2 tbsp Lime & Coriander Aioli.
Exclusively at select Fine Dining Restaurants & Gourmet Outlets
Pacific Heart of Palm Recipes
A favourite of local cook Lice Tiqe in Suva.Read more→
Fresh gourmet heart of palm with soft sesame chicken.Read more→