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Hearts of palm
Why Eat It
Nutrition Chart


Why Eat It

This delicate white vegetable comes from palmettos, small palm trees that grow in Florida (there are also some South American palm species). Harvesting the heart, or terminal bud, often kills the plant, so it is an expensive food; for the same reason, some conservationists object to its use. The entire palm heart, weighing two to three pounds, is sometimes sold fresh in the United States. However, you are much more likely to find canned hearts of palm in supermarkets. These have been stripped of their tough husk and cut into small pieces. The smooth ivory-white cylinders have a velvety, layered flesh. Rinse canned hearts of palm, then slice them crosswise and use them in salads.

Nutrition Chart

Hearts of Palm/1 cup canned

41
Total fat (g)
0.9
Saturated fat (g)
0.2
Monounsaturated fat (g)
0.2
Polyunsaturated fat (g)
0.3
Dietary fiber (g)
3.5
4
Carbohydrate (g)
7
Cholesterol (mg)
0
Sodium (mg)
622
Folate (mcg)
57
Iron (cg)
4.6
Magnesium (mg)
56


Date Published: 04/20/2005
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