Review: Green Giant Hearts of Palm

It’s that time of year again! Salad season is upon us, the time when the weather gets a little warmer and dieting gets a little easier! I am a recurring Slimming World follower but tend to slip into comfort mode during the winter, wanting stodgy, satisfying dinners in the cold weather, but when the summer comes I’m a successful dieter as I love the salads and fresh fruit that is everywhere.

I was offered to opportunity to pep up my perpetual salads by trying Hearts of Palm from Green Giant. I had never heard of this product, but it is apparently a vegetable harvested from the core of the palm tree and is a delicacy originating in South America. While harvesting of the vegetable once killed the palm tree, Green Giant harvest from 100% cultivated trees, so natural forest is not affected. The Hearts of Palm come ready-prepared in the can and can be used as is, or cooked in stir-frys etc. I decided to try one of the salad ideas I was provided with and chose the Tangy Feta Salad.

Tangy Feta Salad (serves 4)

1 can Green Giant Hearts of Palm
1/2 Romaine lettuce, shredded
1 pack Feta cheese, cubed
16 Baby plum tomatoes
one third of a cucumber, diced
A few black olives
Balsamic dressing

Method:
1. Tip the Hearts of Palm into a sieve, rinse under cold water and drain. Slice into discs.
2. Toss together all the ingredients and serve immediately with crusty bread.

Having never tried the Hearts of Palm – or even seen them – I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought they might resemble bamboo shoots, but they have a much more delicate sweet/sour flavour, they are softer and they are, of course, much bigger. In the salad we tried I did substitute the lettuce for iceberg and the tomatoes for regular salad tomatoes as it’s what we prefer, but the Hearts of Palm definitely added a bit of bite to the taste for the whole meal. I do have to own up to the fact that my kids wouldn’t go near it, but then they can sniff out a potential vegetable at 100 metres, so that says more about them that the Hearts of Palm!

Personally I loved the flavour and the ease of use – even if my kids don’t take to it, it’s a quick addition to my lunch and the rest will keep in an airtight container in the fridge. I also checked this week and the Hearts of Palm are Syn free on Slimming World’s Red and Green plans so I have already ordered a couple of tins in my internet shopping. The 410g tins cost £1.92 and contains five ‘stalks’ I suppose you’d call them and I used the whole tin in a salad for four, but you could easily use it more sparingly to make it go further if you so wished.

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Note: This is a supported post in that I was sent the product to try, but the opinions expressed are my own – it was an easy one really as it’s delicious!

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2 Responses to Review: Green Giant Hearts of Palm

  1. Mary says:

    I haven’t had hearts of palm in ages. It was a staple at the deli salad bars once upon a year when I lived in NYC. The salad sounds yummy.

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