Selling coconut hearts (Chou coco ou salade du millionnaire) can largely cover the costs of slaughtering senile coconut palms and replanting young palms.
The heart-of-coconut consists of the youngest organs of the coconut palm, close to the apex of the stem: terminal bud, leaf primordia, youngest folded leaves and upper tissues of the stem. It is considered a delicacy, sweeter and nuttier than the heart-of-palm of others palms species (Haynes and McLaughlin, 2000). As it can only be obtained by killing the plant, it is also called “millionaire's salad”. It can be eaten fresh or cooked with a wide range of sauces and dressings, or marinated before canning. It is rich in calcium, phosphorus, b-carotene and poor in fats
|Coconur heart - the commercial product is in the middle.|
In Indian Ocean, people sometimes does not hesitate to kill young palms only to get their hearts...
Jean-Pierre Labouisse, Tiata Sileye, Alexia Prades, Xavier Bonnot and André Rouzière. Improvement of the production of heart-of-coconut in Vanuatu: first experimental results. CIRAD internal report.
Haynes, J., McLaughlin, J., 2000. Edible palms and their uses. Extension fact sheet MDCE-00-50-1. Miami, University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Science.