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Sep 12, 2012 06:30 PM

Fresh hearts of palm...where to buy?

I have honestly never seen fresh hearts of palm anywhere and I have been looking for about a year. Any ideas in the Los Angeles area or online? I don't know anything about their seasonality or price or anything. I just know I need to find them and can't!!!!

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  1. The only place I've ever seen is in a market in Hawaii.

    1. "Fresh" hearts of palm are available pretty much where they're grown, primarily in parts of Florida, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Brazil. I've never seen them in Hawaii (I look at other things when I'm in Hawaii) and if they grow them in southern Mexico I'm not aware of it. If you're lucky enough to find some that have been flown in via overnight flight (or unlucky enough to be stuck in Florida) and can get them fresh, you'll have to be ready to serve them almost immediately. Their shelf life is virtually non-existent. They're pretty easy to find canned or packed in water and once you've thoroughly rinsed those the pieces you don't use can be stored for a few days, perhaps even a week, in a glass or plastic storage container.

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      1. re: todao

        I have only had fresh hearts of palm in Brazil and Uruguay. (Maybe, Argentina). They are delicious fresh and unlike anything I have tasted canned.