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The Cabbage Palmetto (Sabal palmetto) is native to the Southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean.

Also known as Cabbage palm and Swamp Cabbage.

This is the plant that hearts of palm are obtained from - the tender hearts of the terminal bud. Harvesting of the terminal bud kills the tree. Hearts of palm have many layers (similar to leeks), and are a pale ivory color, with a very mild nutty flavor. They are used mostly in salads.

The state tree of South Carolina is the Cabbage palmetto, and is also on the state flag.



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