Heart of palm is a white vegetable that comes from the core of certain kinds of palm trees, most notably, coconut palm, acia palm, juçara palm, and peach palm. Also called palm hearts, palm cabbage, palmito, chonta, and swamp cabbage, heart of palm is grown in humid and tropical areas like Costa Rica and the Amazon.
Heart of palm is rarely eaten fresh. Even in countries where it’s cultivated, the vegetable is usually boiled and processed before consumed due to the fact that it’s extremely perishable. Heart of palm is typically exported internationally in pickled form and comes in jars or cans.
Heart of palm is a counted as a vegetable.