Tagua is an old variant of the economic sector
handicrafts for the country, since it has been used in
the manufacture of buttons since the second half of the century
XIX, ie 1850 and for more than 50 years was marketed in
Europe and in the rest of the world exclusively by the famous
House Tagua Alemana that had premises in the ports of
Ecuadorian coast: Manglar Alto, Puerto López, Puerto Cayo,
Manta, Bahía de Caráquez, Cojimíes, Muisne and Bourbon
The tagua is the fruit of Cade's palm, known as "ivory vegetable ",
grows wild in the tropical moist forest Ecuadorian,
its appearance is similar to animal ivory. When the tagua is tender,
it can be consumed by the human being; when mature,
the fruit hardens allowing its processing for economic purposes.
The tree, known as Cade's palm, is not damaged during the harvesting of the tagua pepa,
that is, its harvest does not generates environmental impact.
Rather the tagua is the product by excellence to protect the forest and biodiversity,
since allows the inhabitant of the forest to live from its collection.