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Native Forest® Hearts of Palm are truly international delicacies. Consistently tender and delicious, they have become favorites of chefs the world over, complementing a wide range of recipes. They make a delightful appetizer, or side dish when sautéed with butter and topped with grated Parmesan. They may also be enjoyed straight from the can as a low-calorie snack, or sliced and served as a wonderful addition to any salad. It is noteworthy that the Native Forest® palm heart project supports more than the health of the consumer and the health of the rainforest. It also supports the economic and social health of the Barima River region. As one might imagine, employment opportunities in the bush are scarce. Before this project was installed, adult villagers would have to travel by boat 200 kilometers upriver to Georgetown to find employment, usually as domestic workers in homes of the urban wealthy. The organic hearts of palm project brings social and economic vibrancy back to the Barima River villages. Independent operators and employees can work close to their families and their ancestral homes. Employees may choose to be paid either in local currency or in a special barter currency, which is extremely popular. The company runs a weekly supply boat from Georgetown laden with all sorts of staples and consumer goods that may only be enjoyed by participants of the barter program. The Native Forest® Organic Hearts of Palm project has truly brought a higher standard of living to the region, while maintaining respect for its culture and its vast natural resources.