Under The Aegis Of Argan Tree

Heard a lot of the oil…Argan..I think it is time for me to enlighten you about the mommy of argan oil…the one that gave birth to this wonderful…helpful…amazing…thing…

Hmm…Read on…to know about…Argan…The tree..

The Argan tree is thorny and can reach heights of 8-10 metres…probably originated in Argana…a village north-east of Agadir…It lives longer than the olive and requires no cultivation…

When goats eat the frui…the fleshy part is digested but the nut remains…It is later…the nuts are collected by farmers to produce oil…

The production of argan oil…which is still mostly done by traditional methods…is a lengthy process…Each nut has to be cracked open to remove the kernels…and it is said that producing one litre of oil takes 20 hours’ work….

About what it looks like…The trunk of the argan is often twisted and gnarled…allowing goats to clamber along its branches and feed on the leaves and fruit…

As for the fruit of it…the fruit has a green…fleshy exterior like an olive…but larger and rounder…Inside…there is a nut with an extremely hard shell…which in turn contains one…two or three almond-shaped kernels…

Argan oil is slightly darker than olive oil…with a reddish tinge…It can be used for cooking and is claimed to have various medicinal properties…such as

  • lowering cholesterol levels
  • stimulating circulation
  • strengthening the body’s natural defences

Also…Internationally…It is a part of cosmetic uses….

The residue from the kernels after oil extraction is a thick chocolate-coloured paste called “amlou” which is sweetened and served as a dip for bread at breakfast time in Berber households….It flavour is similar to that of peanut butter…just a tad tastier…

The wood and nut-shells of the argan tree are burned for cooking…the wood is also used decoratively in some of the inlaid boxes…The roots of the argan tree grow deep in search of water…helping to bind the soil and prevent erosion…

Households that make their own argan oil tend to use if for general cooking…Because it is expensive to buy…others may use it more sparingly…flavouring salads

Argan production is still basically a cottage industry…managed largely by women….But many people believe that if the oil became better known it could provide more employment in the region as well as enhancing the environment…

Please…have a look at our reference links…

  1. The wonder tree- Argan by bpb
  2. The Argan Tree by stories.coop
  3. Argan tree by Argan Oil Society