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Fresh hearts of palm...where to buy?

murphlaw152 Sep 12, 2012 06:30 PM

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. pikawicca RE: murphlaw152 Sep 12, 2012 06:36 PM

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

    1. todao RE: murphlaw152 Sep 12, 2012 07:24 PM

      "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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        maudies5 RE: todao Sep 13, 2012 08:00 PM

        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.

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        RicRios RE: murphlaw152 Sep 14, 2012 07:54 AM


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