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These have got to be my favorite snack. I love to eat them straight out of the jar or cut up and mixed into a salad. They are fresh, crisp, tasty and offer lots of nutritional value.

1 cup of fresh hearts of palms offer 3.94g of protein, .29g of fat, 37.39g of carbohydrates, 2.2g dietary fiber, 25.05g of sugar, 26mg calcium, 204mg phosphorus, 5.45mg zinc, and this is what I love the best – 1 cup also provides 2,637mg of potassium – wow! Next time you are hungry for a snack you may try reaching for these low cal, extremely good for you delicacies. 

I purchased these hearts of palms from Trader Joe’s and they are amazingly YUMMY!

The packaging on this jar reads that 1/2 cup (100g) has 30 calories, 0 fat, 0 cholesterol, 260 mg sodium, 5g carbs, 2g fiber, 0g sugar and 3g protein. Obviously they are ME-gan friendly – and they come from Ecuador. That’s a long way to travel! I wonder if Arizona could brand their own…we have so many palm trees here! Unfortunately, it’s a certain palm tree that these are harvested from. The main variety that has been domesticated and most commonly used for canning is the botanical species Bactris gasipaes. In Ecuador this is known as chontaduro; in Costa Rica they are referred to as palmito, and in English – the peach palm. Ecuador is one of the main producers and exporters of hearts of palms, and France is the largest importer of them. I found that to be an interesting little fact 🙂

So pick some up today and be sure and serve them at your next soirée’; they will be the star of your crudité and your guests will love them. I remember the first time I ate one I thought they were stuffed with cheese, but they’re not, it’s just all natural. Ahhh…true taste, beauty and nutrition provided by Mother Nature. She is ME-gan all the way and had it right all along. You can’t go wrong when you trust her!

 Hearts of Palm love to you!

ME-ganly Mary!