Tagua Nuts

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Tagua nut is a rain forest nut known as vegetable ivory for its likeness to animal ivory.

These are seeds that grow in pods called cabezas, from the tagua nut palm tree. Tagua's smooth, hard texture is an ideal medium for carving jewelry, boxes and other figurines or using the whole seed as beads for necklaces and bracelets. 

Naya Nayon, an Ecuador-based NGO, counters poverty and deforestation by creating new jobs that depend on conservation and responsible forest management.

The organization works with 23 local artisans, mostly working in home-based workshops to create several, beautiful objects from Tagua nuts.


These nuts grow year-round in Ecuador and can be harvested without causing any harm to the rain-forest.

  • Small nuts measure 1-3/8” (35mm) - 1-3/4" (45mm) long
  • Medium nuts measure 1-3/4” (45mm) - 2-1/8" (55mm) long
  • Large nuts measure 2-1/8” (55mm) - 2-1/2" (65mm) long
  • Extra Large nuts measure longer than 2-1/2" (65mm)

Whole nuts are sold individually and in 1 lb. or 22.5 lb. bags.

  • 1 lb. of Medium Tagua Nuts is approximately 13 - 15 nuts
  • 1 lb. of Large Tagua Nuts is approximately 10 - 12 nuts
  • 1 lb. of Extra Large Tagua Nuts is approximately 5 - 6 nuts

Natural Tagua seeds from Ecuador and fair trade imported.


phytelephas macrocarpa seeds

Phytosanitary Import Restrictions into Canada N/A