|Tagua Nuts |
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DESCRIPTION: These are from Ecuador & are used for small carvings. The insides are very white & similar to Ivory properties. The Tagua Nut, commonly known as "vegetable ivory", earned its name from its ivory-like color & texture. With the near extinction of animal ivory, Tagua Nuts have become a highly valued commodity by artisans & consumers alike. In Ecuador, Tagua is skillfully carved by artisans into figurines, key chains, Christmas ornaments, jewelry & boxes. Tagua Nut, also know as vegetable ivory, is the seed of a tree similar to a palm but botanically not belonging to the palmaceus but to the ciclantaceus.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Tropical rainforests of some South American countries, mainly Ecuador, Colombia & Venezuela, Ecuador fulfills most of the world’s demand.
BOTANICAL NAME: Phytelephas Aequatorialis Macrocarpa.