Palmito guisado (Stewed heart of palm)

By adding this simple and delicious recipe to our collection we want to do more than just share the pleasures of this dish, this is also a plea to help save our national tree: the Royal Palm tree (palma real).

Palmito guisado (Stewed heart of palm)

  • 2 lbs. of heart of palm diced into large pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 large green bell pepper cut into small cubes
  • 4 plum tomatoes cut into small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1 large onion sliced finely
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon of mashed garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar
  • Salt


  1. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a shallow pan. Sautee the onions, add the pepper, tomatoes, garlic and vinegar, add water when necessary. Add the heart of palm and the black pepper. Let simmer for 4 minutes reducing liquid to obtain a thin sauce. Adjust salt to taste.
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  • Billy D July 2, 2012, 1:03 PM

    You can buy heart of palm in cans. It comes from Thailand and Indonesia mostly and some of it is farmed so it isn't endangering the palms. I remember in 1993 a man being arrested in Saantiago for cutting down a palm after President Balaguer said not to. He paid a lot of money to get out of jail for that meal!

  • Orestes August 5, 2011, 7:29 PM

    To get the heart of the palm you need to cut the Royal Palm tree. That is why the dominican authorities prohibed the cutting and selling of the heart. To save save our national tree, we must not encourage to eat the heart of that palm.