Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Hearts of Palm
Hearts of Palm are one of my favorite salad ingredients, and it doesn’t take too many of them to turn a salad into something special! And there are some other fun products featured here that are made with this great low-carb ingredient.
I may have let out a tiny squeal when I saw that Costco had Hearts of Palm back in stock!I always buy some for the pantry when these big jars show up at Costco. And even when I have to pay more for them at the regular grocery store, this is something I love to add to salads.
I’ve been experimenting with this ingredient for a few years, ever since my Costco started carrying them in the reasonably-priced two-packs, and this post has plenty of recipe links for some of my favorite recipes using them.
What are Hearts of Palm?
Hearts of palm are a slightly-crunchy vegetable that’s harvested from the center of domesticated palm trees. They used to be a controversial ingredient, but now harvesting methods don’t damage the trees and wild palms are protected in many places. And Hearts of Palm are so delicious! Here’s more about Hearts of Palm and how to use them.
Are Hearts of Palm Nutritious?
A peek at the nutritional information shows why hearts of palm are such a nutritious and carb-friendly ingredient. Hearts of palm are cholesterol and sugar-free, very low in calories, fat, and carbs, and high in fiber. The canned ones are relatively high in sodium, so if that’s an issue for you don’t add salt or use with salty ingredients in recipes.
Where can you buy Hearts of Palm?
Most grocery stores sell Hearts of Palm, sold near the olives and artichokes in cans and jars, but they are often pricey at a regular grocery store. You can buy hearts of Palm at Amazon.com (affiliate link) and occasionally you’ll find some there that are a bit more inexpensive. (Amazon even carries those two packs of big jars like I loved so much at Costco, but they were definitely more of a bargain at Costco, of course!)
What else is made of Hearts of Palm?
The latest heart of palm product I’ve been infatuated with is Palmini Pasta (affiliate link), which is a delicious low-carb pasta substitute made from hearts of palm! I’ve made tasty pasta dishes using Palmini Linguini and Palmini Angel Hair, and there are a few other products I’m planning to experiment with. If you like the flavor of hearts of palm, check out Pasta with Sausage and Mushrooms, Pesto Pasta Salad, Pasta with Sausage and Kale, Low-Carb Italian Pasta Salad, and Spaghetti Casserole to see some tasty dishes using this type of pasta.
Favorite Salads with Hearts of Palm:
About Products Featured for Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks:
I purchased the hearts of palm myself and Costco and this company have no idea whatsoever that I’m writing about their product. I love to feature products that are really a wow for me, and items featured as Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks are always things I’d happily buy over and over. So readers will know that my opinions are completely unbiased, I don’t accept review products from the many companies who offer to send them to me.