Argan tree and argan oil, treasures of Morocco
The golden triangle begins in Essaouira , extends to Taroudant and ends in Tiznit. The Jardin aux Etoiles is located almost exactly in the center of this triangle, which is that of the area of the argan tree, endemic tree and treasure of southern Morocco. At the end of autumn, the yellow fruits are harvested. We extract the inside, called almond.
Pressed by rural women, mainly Berbers, these almonds give birth to argan oil, with beneficial properties recognized by science, both in food and in cosmetic use.
Roots that sink for more than 100 meters
The argan tree (Argania spinosa) does not grow above 1,400 meters of altitude, because it fears the cold and the snow. The secret of its incredible resistance in aridity? Its roots sink into the ground for more than 100 meters to find a few drops of water in depth. In addition, its foliage condenses the atmospheric humidity of the Atlantic coast. In winter, do not seek shelter under its small and evergreen foliage because, especially at night, you will be drenched by a rain… of condensation.
From the argan tree, we used everything! Before the absolute ban on its felling, dictated by the need to stop excessive exploitation, its trunk was used as fuel and for construction work. The leaves were grazed by the goats who did not hesitate to climb on the thorny branches of the plant to eat the pulp of the fruits, while the stones were regurgitated and harvested by the women and children.
However, the spectacle of goats climbing on the argan trees has not completely disappeared. What wouldn't we do to please the tourist and collect a few dirhams?
In addition to this, you need to know more about it.
A typical Moroccan oil which is protected
A la campagne, les femmes produisent de l'huile d'argan depuis des siècles
Le boum de l'huile d'argan
Ce graphique montre l'explosion de la demande intervenue ces dernières années
Une garantie de provenance, utile aux producteurs comme aux consommateurs
Cosmétique et alimentaire
L'huile d'argan a deux utilisations : cosmétique (à gauche) et alimentaire (à droite)
Almonds intended for food are roasted in the sun. This is why the table oil has a little nutty taste. Cosmetic oil avoids this step, so as to present only the initial argan fragrance.
Long considered a simple local tradition, argan oil, sometimes called argan oil, is rich in vitamins E, Omega 6 and 9 acids, as well as antioxidants. According to animal studies, it stabilizes high cholesterol, stimulates brain cells and liver function. It would also protect the connective tissue.
It has become a must for only fifteen years, sought after by foodies and people concerned about their health and the beauty of their skin. That is why initiatives have been taken to control this unique product.
Be careful, there are many counterfeits! We can sell you argan oil which is actually just olive oil or a dubious oily mixture! Many so-called “argan oil” products do not contain it or very little. The Amigha and IGP (Protected Geographical Indication) labels were created to fight against this phenomenon.