Ivory nut palm with "mocochas"
containing the nuts
|The "Tagua", "Corozo", "Ivory Nut" or "Vegetable Ivory", is
the nut of a 5-6 meters tall palm tree (Phytelephas Aecuatorialis)
that grows throughout the humid tropical forest of northwestern
South America. The Tagua is recognized by its importance as
a natural and ecological product. Tagua buttons are very special
because they help to save one of the world's most important
rain forest. Manexpo helps to maintain always a sustainable
harvest capability of Tagua nut using strict material purchase
control and through the forest protection program.
Local man harvesting the tagua nuts