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TAGUA

Tagua nuts are seeds produced by the Tagua palm tree in the rainforests of Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador. The Tagua tree produces large spiked pods. Each pod holds several Tagua seeds. When the large pods fall to the ground, they are harvested from the forest floor. The Tagua nuts inside the pods are then used to create beautiful artwork, including jewelry. 

Because they have a have an ivory-like appearance and can be carved in similar ways, Tagua nuts have earned the name “vegetable ivory.” Tagua nuts are organic, eco-friendly and sustainable, providing a source of income to local communities and artisans.

      

Tagua are from Equator, Lombards Museum

(Image from Wiki Commons)