Tasty & very healthy, argan oil is a delicacy from Morocco prized for its rich, nutty flavor and high antioxidant content. The Berber people of Morocco have used it for centuries similarly to olive oil as a dipping oil, finishing oil, or ingredient in various dishes.
Argan oil is nutritious as well as delicious. It’s very high in Vitamin E (3 times as much as olive oil), omega fatty acids, and antioxidants. Research suggests that it can help improve circulatory health.
How Argan Oil is Made:
Argan oil is pressed from the nuts of the argan tree (Argania spinosa), a protected species endemic to Southwestern Morocco. The tree produces a multitude of small fruit, which each contain a nut underneath their peel & pulp. Within the nut are 1-3 kernels, which are the source of the oil.
In order to produce argan oil, the fruit’s thick outer peel must be removed. Then the fruit’s pulp must be taken off, before the nut can be cracked to extract the kernels. The kernels are then roasted & pressed to extract the oil.
To this day, each nut must be cracked by hand. Given the large quantity of kernels required to produce a single liter of oil, that means argan oil is a product involving a great deal of manual labor.
Argan oil is highly prized in the cosmetics industry for its perceived benefits for skin and hair when applied topically. Cosmetic argan oil is typically from unroasted kernels, while culinary argan oil is made from roasted kernels to draw out its nutty/toasty flavor.
* Minimally Processed, No Artificial Ingredients.