The tagua plant is very important for Ecuador. The nuts are popular for making handcrafted jewelry and decorations.
The leaves of the tagua plant are used by communities living in the Amazon rainforest as roofing. The tagua nut is also familiar as natural ivory because of it hardness.
Beautiful handcrafts can be made with using the tagua nut. The nut can be painted easily. Besides being a nice nut for handicrafts, the nut also provides work to many Ecuadorian families.