What is the Tagua Nut
The Tagua Nut (also known as vegetable ivory) is the seed found in the pods of the Ivory-nut palm tree. Phytelephas, the scientific name of the ivory-palm tree, literally means “elephant plant” because when its seeds are dried out they become as hard, durable and carvable as an elephant tusk ivory. It grows in the tropical rainforests of South America, mostly in Ecuador, Colombia, Panama and Peru. It will take approximately 15 years to produce its first harvest and will not stop bearing fruit for all of the years and even a century to come. A 35 to 40 year old plant measures about 6 feet and produces, in the 3 yearly harvests, between 15 to 16 heads or “mocochas”.