Another food item I've never tried: hearts of palm. Very simply, hearts of palm are the inner core and growing bud of the palm tree. The stem of the palm tree is harvested and the bark is removed. This leaves a layer of white fiber around the central core. Then the fiber is removed which leaves the heart of the palm which can be eaten. Fresh hearts of palm tend to be crisp and crunchy and the canned hearts of palm are much softer.
They are a delicious and healthy addition to your salads. The taste, to me, was a cross between asparagus and an artichoke. It really picked up the citrus from the lime and was a very refreshing salad course.
Nutritionally, hearts of palm contains Vitamins C, B-3, B-6, A, and E. As far as minerals go, it contains, zinc, potassium, and calcium. Definitely worth adding some to your next salad!
1 medium tomato, finely chopped
1/2 small white or yellow onion, very thinly sliced
2 green onions, finely chopped
3 T. olive oil
2 t. fresh lime juice
1/4 t. salt
a pinch of black pepper
In a medium bowl, combine hearts of palm, tomato, onion slices, and green onions.
In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper. Pour it over the vegetables, stir gently to coat and serve.