Saturday, March 24, 2012

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Sun Pix Hearts of Palm

Hearts of Palm are one of my favorite ingredient for spring and summer salads!

I may have let out a tiny squeal yesterday when I saw that my Costco had Sun Pix Hearts of Palm back in stock!  If you're not familiar with Hearts of Palm, they're a tender and flavorful vegetable that come from the center of the stems of palm plants.  They're labor intensive to harvest, so even though domesticated Palms are now grown for this crop, they're still not that common.  I rarely buy them at the regular grocery store where they're ridiculously expensive, but each year I stock up when Costco gets them as a seasonal product.  A two-pack of these 25 oz. jars was $8.59 at my Costco yesterday.  Costco in Utah sells these in the spring and summer, and then stops stocking them in the winter, so every year I wait for them to appear again!

A peek at the nutritional information shows why this is such a good ingredient for dieters.  Hearts of palm are cholesterol and sugar-free, very low in calories, fat, and carbohydrates, and high in fiber.  The canned ones are relatively high in sodium, so if that's an issue for you don't add salt or use with salty ingredients in recipes.  I've been experimenting with Hearts of Palm for a few years, ever since my Costco started carrying them in the reasonably-priced two-packs, and below are some of my favorite recipes using them.

Rich Salad with Hearts of Palm , Avocado, and Radicchio

Mango Salad with Hearts of Palm, Radishes, Lime, and Cilantro

Colorful Tomato Salad with Hearts of Palm, Mint, and Spicy Thai Dressing

Hearts of Palm Salad with Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta

Vegan Heart of Palm and Avocado Salad with Lime, Green Onion, and Cilantro


Other Bloggers' Ideas for Hearts of Palm:
Hearts of Palm, Shrimp, and Cheese Pizza from The Perfect Pantry
Cherry Tomato and Hearts of Palm Salad from Foodiecrush
Pita Sandwich with Chicken, Hearts of Palm, and Chimichurri Dressing from Cookin' Canuck
Katie's Quinoa with Hearts of Palm, Cucumber, and Feta from The Naptime Chef
Marinated Asparagus and Hearts of Palm from The Pioneer Woman Cooks


Blogger Disclosure:
I bought the Sun Pix Hearts of Palm myself, and this company has no idea I'm writing about their product.  All items featured as Kalyn's Kitchen Picks are things I would happily buy over and over, and because I want readers to know that my opinions are completely unbiased, I no longer accept sample products of any kind. counter customizable free hit

15 comments:

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Thanks, I am going to put these down on my Costco list!

Kalyn said...

Debby, they are so tasty; hope you enjoy!

Janetha @ meals + moves said...

I live in Bountiful, but haven't seen these! Which Costco do you get these at?

Kalyn said...

Janetha, I buy them at the Costco on 300 West and 1800 South in Salt Lake. They show up about this time every year and they usually have them until fall.

Doodles said...

Oh BOY!!! Kalyn I let out a tiny squeal when I read your post..........time to stock up on these and the jarred artichokes

Kalyn said...

They're definitely worth squealing about!

myblackfriendsays said...

how would you describe the taste? are they like artichokes?

Kalyn said...

They do taste a little like artichokes, with a texture that's like cooked asparagus. I think the taste is mild, fresh tasting, and delicious.

Barbara said...

Kalyn you are so lucky to have such easy access to them. I can still remember the moment I discovered hearts of palm. It was at a party 40 years ago.

Kalyn said...

Barbara, that's fun because I also remember the first time I tried them!

Barb said...

Hi Kalyn.....I just bought a 2 pack at my Costco (Frisco, Tx) but the brand is Del Destino. I just love them! yum!

Kalyn said...

Barb, interesting. I suppose Costco in each area gets the ones they can find at the lowest price.

Chatty Marge said...

It's fate!
I just bought these H of P at my Costco and was searching the 'Net to find a new recipe for them when I discovered your blog--and I'm so excited! I've been looking for SB-friendly recipes and here I hit the mother-lode.
I'm getting the ingredients for the avocado-hearts of palm recipe NOW and hitting Costco to stock up on more Sun Pix, as I didn't know they were seasonal. It's very unusual to find them in glass jars, which is why I bought them in the first place. Kalyn, I think this is the beginning of a very beautiful friendship! LOL...

Kalyn Denny said...

Marge, welcome and so glad you are liking the blog!

Lily said...

Hi this summer Costco sold them only for one month, so I had to stock myself and today I am doing a recipe with thw last one

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