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.
THE TAGUA NUT
It raises the economic value of these rainforest palms, protecting them from destruction and supporting new plantings. It does no harm at any stage of growth or production to the trees, animals, people, or land.
Vegetable ivory is naturally white with a fine marbled grain structure. It can be dyed; dying often brings out the grain. It is still commonly used in buttons, jewelry, and artistic carving. Many vegetable ivory buttons were decorated in a way that used the natural tagua nut color.
It is also beautiful, attractive, lightweight, durable, eco-friendly, sustainable, organic, natural, CO2 positive, fair trade, non-toxic, even edible, biodegradable, versatile, trendy.