What are Argan trees;what is argan oil?
- HarveyBLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
THE ARGAN tree (argania spinosa) is perfect for a harsh environment, surviving heat, drought and poor soil.
It is little known outside Morocco, and many Moroccans themselves have never heard of it because it grows only in the south-west of the country - roughly between Essaouira and Agadir, in an area covering 700,000-800,000 hectares. But within the area where the argan grows there are about 21 million trees which play a vital role in the food chain and the environment, though their numbers are declining.
The tree, which is thorny and can reach heights of 8-10 metres, probably originated in Argana, a village north-east of Agadir (off Route 40). It lives longer than the olive and requires no cultivation.
The trunk of the argan is often twisted and gnarled, allowing goats to clamber along its branches and feed on the leaves and fruit.
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.
When goats eat the fruit, the fleshy part is digested but the nut remains. 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.
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 and strengthening the body’s natural defences. Internationally, there is some interest in its possible 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.
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- 4 years ago
Argan oil, coming from the Argan tree community to southern Morocco (close to Essaouira). i've got been to between the cooperatives outdoors of Essaouira the place widows do the full technique by way of hand, using very consumer-friendly approaches (a rock for cracking the shell open, and a small hand-powered quern for grinding the nut into paste and oil). there is actual a particularly scrumptious form of nut butter produced from Argan (this is spoke of as Amlou) plenty extra helpful than peanut butter as an occasion. besides, to respond to your question, particular this is attainable to have a sensitivity to it. together as this is meant to help dry skin, no longer each skin will react as purported. it particularly is actual for each style of creams, creams, and so on., no remember how organic (or contrarily, synthetic) they could be. additionally, it may be because of the familiar of the Argan oil - some oils are extra helpful than others!
- Anonymous6 years ago
Argan oil is really really good to make your hair soft and healthy, but you have to be careful because lots of brands lure you in with low prices and big bottles when they're just a mix of other oils and silicones. Real argan oil comes in small dark bottles and isn't dirt cheap because the process to get argan oil is one of the most expensive. In my experience, I use one called Pro Natural’s moroccan argan oil and it's amazing, not greasy at all, you put some on your hair after a shower and just leave it. I had to order it online, but it was worth it.