Heart of palm exports upThis article was originally published in Foodnews
Canned heart of palm exports from the top four exporting nations were up in the first half of this year. The top exporter, Ecuador, recorded a 27% increase to 14 975 tonnes. Almost 40% of this is exported to Argentina, Chile and Venezuela, but the largest single market is France, which took 34% of the 23 763 tonnes exported to September. The US and Canada accounted for 12% of exports. Heart of palm is popular as a substitute for meat during Holy Week in Colombia, when eating meat is forbidden, website mongabay.com reports. It is also growing in popularity in high-end restaurants. Crops must be managed carefully because palm trees require 20-40 years of growth before they are suitable for heart of palm extraction.