Southwestern Morocco Making Argan Oil
Argan oil is used for cooking, making beauty products, and medicines throughout Africa's Morocco and the world.
The multipurpose argan tree is a very common tree native to southwestern Morocco. The trunk and branches of the tree are used for firewood, the leaves used to create medicine but the almond-sized fruits are the star of the show. The tree is prized for its fruits that contain kernels which are processed for their much-beloved oil.
Argania spinosa is the scientific name for the evergreen argan tree grown for its almond-shaped fruits that contain the highly esteemed seeds which contain the valued argan oil. In the past argan fruits were fed to goats, the nut recovered from the animal dung and the oil extracted from the seeds. However, presently in many areas, the argan fruit is gathered manually and the oil from the nut extracted by hand machines.