Hearts of palm

Title Info
Common name Heart of palm
Scientific name Arecaceae
Level Family
Source Dan L. Perlman
Economic botany Food plants
Food plants Vegetables
Keywords Palmae
Date 1998

Hearts of palm. Considered an exotic gourmet item, heart of palm is the inner core of a young palm tree; typically, the tree is killed by the harvesting process. This cash crop in Central and South America (especially Brazil, Ecuador, and Costa Rica) was originally obtained exclusively from wild palms, which did great damage to the palms and their native ecosystems. Today, some varieties that can resprout after they are cut down are grown in plantations, which is a clear improvement over harvesting in the wild.