3 ways to cook palm heart

The palm heart is a popular delicacy in Mauritian cuisine. Favoured for its fresh taste it is often used as an ingredient in mixed salads, gratins and soups. It’s a rich source of fibre, protein and minerals and aids digestion.

Mauritian cuisine at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Mauritian cuisine at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Ways of eating palm hearts

The three most common types of palm hearts you will find in shops are the white palm heart, the royal palm heart and the palm heart of a coconut tree.

Here are 3 recipes for palm heart suggested by our chefs at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Recipe I: Palm heart and marrow toast with anchovy and citrus by Jocelyn Larose

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 2 pieces of palm heart
  • 1 French baguette
  • 2 yellow limes
  • 2 oranges
  • 1kg beef marrow
  • 100g flavoured tea
  • 1L of fish stock
  • 3 gelatine leaves
  • 2g seaweed (agar-agar)
  • 200g bacon
  • 100g beef stock
  • 500ml soya oil
  • Salt and pepper

1. Braise the palm heart in water and lime juice for 45 minutes on medium heat. Once cooked, cool immediately in ice-cold water. Cut the palm heart in lengths of 8cm. Take care to remove the centre while leaving the cylindrical casing of the palm heart intact.

2. Bring the fish stock to a boil, remove from heat and add the beef marrow for approximately 6 minutes. Dice the bacon, brown in a pan and transfer onto paper towel.

3. To make the citrus anchoïade, reduce 500ml of the fish stock by half – add the gelatin softened in cold water and the agar-agar and leave to cool. Mix with a blender with 150ml soya oil, adjust the seasoning using salt and pepper as well as the orange zest and lime. Transfer into a pastry bag and store in the fridge.

Finishing and presentation

Cut 4 slices of bread and grill them. Cut the palm heart into 1cm thick slices. On the slices of bread, spread a layer of citrus from the pastry bag and add the cylinders of palm heart. Place the bacon in the palm heart cylinders and then add a layer of citrus anchoïade.

Place the palm heart in the centre of the plate, followed by the slices of bread around the side. Use the beef sauce to drizzle around the palm heart. Finally add the citrus zest on the slices of bread.

Recipe II: Crispy palm salad by Gerard Rohan and Cherry Guava sorbet and vanilla oil by Frédéric Goisset

La Citronnelle Restaurant, Constance Belle Mare Plage

La Citronnelle Restaurant, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The cherry guava is a small fruit well-loved in Mauritius when in season. It blends perfectly in this recipe, the crispiness of the palm heart and the acidity and freshness of the sorbet creating a light, refreshing starter.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Palm salad

  • 1piece of palm heart
  • 1 mango (not too ripe)
  • 1 bunch of chives
  • 10g of pink candied ginger
  • 40ml lime juice
  • 15g olive oil
  • Tabasco QS

Using a paring knife, peel the palm heart. Leave only the edible part of the heart. Peel the mango and cut into ½ cm cubes. Set aside. Finely slice the chives. Chop the pink ginger.

Chef’s comment:

Add the lime juice immediately after slicing the palm to avoid oxidation and simultaneously, add the olive oil. In this recipe we have made use of mango, however, a wide variety of exotic fruits can be used as the palm generally has a neutral taste.

Cherry guava sorbet

  • 500g guava puree
  • 100ml red wine
  • 130g glucose
  • 4g cinnamon powder
  • 3g green cardamom
  • 4g sorbet stabiliser
  • 150ml water
  • 40g sugar

Vanilla oil

  • 1 Madagascar vanilla pod
  • 50g olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Split the vanilla pod in two, remove the seeds and add to the olive oil. Slice the rest of the pod into thin strips and oven dry for 24 hours.

Finishing and presentation

  • Fresh mint
  • Salt

Slice the palm heart into thin (3mm) slices. Transfer to a bowl, add the lime juice, the chopped ginger, the mango cubes and the chives.

Season with olive oil, salt and a dash of Tabasco. Mix thoroughly and plate up in a shallow dish.

Add a scoop of guava sorbet, mint, 2 sticks of dried vanilla. As a finishing touch, drizzle some drops of vanilla oil and sprinkle salt on the palm salad.

Belle Mare Plage's La Spiaggia Restaurant

Belle Mare Plage’s La Spiaggia Restaurant

Recipe III: Palm heart velouté

Ingredients

  • 500g palm heart
  • 50g almond powder
  • 400g milk
  • 500g liquid cream
  • 20g pineapple
  • 400g coconut water
  • 4g white pepper
  • 4g coriander kernels
  • 4g mint leaf
  • 4g coriander leaf
  • 22g scallion
  • 12g salt

Put everything in small rondo forms and cook covered with baking paper for about two hours, mix and push through a sieve. Season to taste.

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Constance Creatives: Water sports at Constance Halaveli

Water sports at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Water sports at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

As one of our long standing members of staff, Ibrahim Amir has been working at Constance Halaveli for more than 30 years, long before it became part of the Constance group, and he’s loved every minute of it.

It was in 1990 that he discovered his true passion for water sports, and changed his job from barman to water sports instructor.

So what inspires him after all these years?

Ibi explains, ‘This job gives me the opportunity to combine the place, which has been my home for so many years, with my big passion: water sports in all regards.’

He describes how important it is to be easily approachable for guests and to give them the best service possible. Behind the scenes, Ibi keeps all the water sports equipment at Halaveli up to date and in great condition.

Ibi’s enthusiasm for water sports is infectious, and he’s our man on the ground at Constance Halaveli making sure we’re up to speed with the hottest new trends out on the water.

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Queen of Retreats recommends Constance Le Prince Maurice

Luxury wellbeing and spa blogger Caroline Sylger Jones praises the Kickstart the Fast Diet package at Constance Le Prince Maurice on her Queen of Retreats website.

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Sylger Jones accompanied Fast Diet co-creator Mimi Spencer to Mauritius to try out the Fast Diet package, created by Spencer, which includes special calorie-counted meals for fast days, spa treatments and exercise advice.

‘Mimi’s idea is that, away from life’s distractions and looked after by others, getting into The Fast Diet couldn’t be easier – making it more likely that you’ll continue it when back in your real world,’ Sylger Jones explains.

Available all year round and without the need to pre-book, she was impressed at how easy it was to get involved in the Kickstart the Fast Diet package on arrival at the hotel.

She also praised the fact that Fast Diet dishes are marked on all menus with a special logo to make it easy to follow and even drinks and cocktails come with calorie advice.

Sylger Jones explains that fasting was easier in the 5* luxury of the hotel, ‘It felt good to focus my attention on other things – the view, for example, or the excellent book I was reading, or how comfy the day bed was on my balcony. All in the knowledge that the next day I could eat what the hell I liked from a choice of top notch restaurants.’

She raves about the food on both fast and non-fasting days highlighting ‘lavish buffet breakfasts at L’Archipel’, the sashimi and salads at the laidback Asian Corner and dinner at Le Barachois, the hotel’s restaurant which floats on the peaceful lagoon.

She says, ‘Between eating and not eating I stayed busy with laid back yogic stretching on the beach, lots of swims in the lap pool and the sea, and lying about reading on the beach – where staff served us cold water in natty orange ice bags, cleaned our sunglasses and brought us tubs of Haagan Daaz on non fast days. It’s all very relaxed.’

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TripAdvisor reviewers praise Constance Hotels and Resorts

At Constance we are passionate about creating holidays that will live in our guests’ memories forever. But don’t take our word for it, here’s what our guests are saying about us on TripAdvisor.

Constance Halaveli's luxurious water villa

Constance Halaveli’s luxurious water villa

Johnny G, stayed at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

‘Luxury Paradise’ – The best hotel we have ever been. Luxury without compromise, perfect service. Water villas are absolutely amazing, with own pool and sea view. Terrace with the pool on each water villa provides 100% privacy.

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Marvelmann, stayed at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

‘Constant Constance Luxury’ – This was my first visit to the Seychelles, and I chose the Constance Lemuria because I previously had such lovely experiences of their properties in Mauritius and the Maldives.

I don’t know what it is that make this small hotel chain so outstanding, apart from the locations, the staff and the attention to detail, but whatever it is, if it could be bottled, you could sell it for a fortune.

However, it is the staff that make a stay in this hotel feel as though you’ve joined part of a wonderful family where nothing is too much trouble.

Paradise comes at a price, but when the experience is this good, it’s really worth it.

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The Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

The Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Steve A, stayed at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

‘Another wonderful holiday at Belle Mare Plage’ – This was our 4th visit to the wonderful Belle Mare Plage Hotel and that says it all!!!!.

Excellent is an easy word to say but in this case it is not enough to comment on the resort, the accommodation, the food, the golf but most of all the great and caring staff who always go the extra mile, with a SMILE!!!!

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Manfred M, stayed at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

‘Robinson Crusoe in luxury’ – After 6 years of abstinence we returned to Tsarabanjina again for our 20th wedding anniversary. It is so amazing how this island and the staff there make you feel welcome.

With only 24 cabins (all recently renovated) set ecologically-friendly just up the North beach and the South beach you get the feeling that you are almost alone on here.

The white beaches and turquoise waters are very tempting and the coral reefs invite you to snorkel or scuba dive at leisure directly from the beach. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are welcome breaks to meet other guests in the completely informal atmosphere of the bar and restaurant.

Staff is very friendly and helpful and does not bother you if you just want your peace.

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The secret to finding the perfect luxury golf and beach holiday

Planning a luxury getaway can be a challenge when one of you is dreaming about white sand and turquoise sea while the other is longing for smooth greens and challenging fairways.

A luxury beach holiday at Constance Belle Mare Plage

A luxury beach holiday at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Nobody wants to compromise when it comes to booking their once in a lifetime luxury holiday so the trick is to find somewhere that genuinely offers you both exactly what you’re dreaming of.

Combine an elegant 5* hotel in an idyllic location with a hotel with one (or maybe two) challenging 18-hole golf courses and the result is Constance Le Prince Maurice, Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Lémuria.

At our 5* hotels and resorts, golfers can spend their days on beautifully maintained 18-hole, championship golf courses while non-golfers relax in luxury on pristine beaches and sumptuous spas or try a culinary class with local flavours.

The perfect beach holiday

Our luxury spas offer sumptuous treatments using natural ingredients in secluded, idyllic locations so that you can truly escape the cares and stresses of every day life.

Those looking for something a bit more active can visit our fitness suites and check in with their very own personal trainer or join one of our yoga or meditation classes on the beach.

For the ultimate fun in the sun we offer an extensive range of activities and water sports including waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, Hobie Cat sailing and deep sea fishing

Golfers’ paradise

We’re passionate about golf at Constance, and that’s why our two 18-hole, golf courses in Mauritius (accessed from either Belle Mare Plage or Le Prince Maurice) have been selected to host the European Senior Tour final, the MCB Championship, since 2009.

Golf holidays at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Golf holidays at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

The beautiful Links and Legend courses are also the home to the Marc Farry Golf Academy.

The Lémuria course, built into the beautiful hilly jungle terrain of Praslin, is the Seychelles’ only 18-hole golf course. It’s stunning terraced greens, including the jaw-dropping 15th in which you tee off from a mountain peak and watch the ball fall 50m to the green below, have made this one of the ‘must-play’ golf courses of the world.

Take a lesson with one of our resident golf pros or explore the stunning terrain with friends and after a challenging round we’ll bring you a chilled glass of champagne to enjoy at the 15th so that you can relax and enjoy the beautiful ocean view.

Share the luxury 5* experience

While taking a bit of ‘me time’ on a luxury holiday to indulge a favourite pastime is important, it is also a time for reconnecting with the people you love in elegant, sumptuous surroundings.

At Constance there is always time for private moments and romance whether that be sharing a delicious sundown cocktail, walking together on the beach, taking a sunset cruise, or indulging in a couple’s massage at the spa.

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What’s on in Mauritius 2014

The beautiful island of Mauritius is a year-round holiday destination with a climate which entices sun-worshipers and water sport-enthusiasts throughout the year.

Kite surfing in Mauritius

Kite surfing in Mauritius

As the intense heat and humidity of Mauritius’ Southern Hemisphere summer begins to subside we round up the highlights of the best events on the island in the cooler, balmy days of July, August and September.

July 2014

Whether you want to get involved or just go along as a spectator you’ll be wowed by one of the most beautiful marathon routes in the world. Taking a coastal trail through villages, and even a UNESCO site, the whole event ends with fun and celebrations on the beach.

Kiteival is an annual kite surf festival open to all level of kiters. With festival venues around the island the festival organisers hope to introduce kiters from around the world to the best spots and lagoons on the island. Take part, or just enjoy the spectacle.

August 2014

Take time while in Mauritius to discover the work of pARTage, an association of Mauritian artists working together to promote contemporary art in the Indian Ocean by showcasing local artists.

Champ de Mars Racecourse, Mauritius

Champ de Mars Racecourse, Mauritius

Inspire the kids or just go along to witness some breathtaking tennis from the next generation of tennis stars at this International Tennis Federation event.

  • Ganesh Chaturthi – 29 August – 8 September

The Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is a vibrant spectacle on the island. Commemorating the birth of the god Ganesh, the festival is celebrated for 10 days. On the last day, Anant Chaturdashi, Hindus carry an idol of Ganesh in a procession through the streets to local rivers and beaches to immerse him in water before sunset.

September 2014

Champ de Mars is the historic racecourse in Port Louis belonging to The Mauritius Turf Club (the oldest horse-racing club in the Southern Hemisphere). Always worth a visit to rub shoulders with local Mauritians and VIP visitors alike, the Maiden’s Cup is a popular event in the racecourse calendar.

  • Father Laval Day – 9 September

A celebration of the birth of Jacques Désiré Laval, a French missionary and doctor who came to Mauritius in 1841 and became the protector of the slave community, many of whom believed he had miraculous healing powers. On this day thousands of Mauritians visit his tomb in Sainte Croix, Port Louis which is still believed to possess healing powers.

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