Monday, 2 May 2011

Hearts of Palm

I am always prepared to try new foods (as long as they are suitable for vegetarians) so when I was given the chance to test Green Giant's Hearts of Palm I was willing and eager!!

Hearts of Palm is the harvested inner core of a palm tree and is ideal for salads.  It can also be added to stir fries, pizza toppings or pasta dishes.

The tin contained five cylindrical whole hearts of palm.  They are firm and smooth and considered somewhat of a delicacy akin to asparagus or artichoke hearts.

I finely sliced one to try.  It reminded me of something that I remembered from my non-vegetarian days.  Without telling anyone my thoughts I let my husband have a try.  He immediately said "It tastes like tuna!"  My thoughts exactly.  I don't know if it was the brine it was in or the texture...but I could not get past the tuna association.

Ian was not put off and made himself a nostalgic snack...a homage to when tuna was on the menu.  His Hearts of Palm and Mayonnaise sandwich went down well with him!  So much so, he's taking some to work with him tomorrow for his lunch.

Although it wasn't for me it is a low calorie, low fat delicacy that counts towards your five a day.  There are plenty of recipes online such as deep friend Hearts of Palm, Hearts of Palm and Quinoa Salad and Hearts of Palm in Butter Sauce.  People speak very highly of this under used product and seem to love the "unique and natural flavour".  They retail for £1.99 for a 410g can.  If you fancy trying something completely new and different give them a go.  I'd love to hear your thoughts about Green Giant's speciality product 'Hearts of Palm'!!


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