What is argan oil?

Argan oil is an oil extracted from the seeds of the argan tree, which is native to southwestern Morocco. There are various uses for argan oil, as well as other products from the argan tree, and demand is often high for genuine argan products. Since argan oil is difficult to extract, it tends to be very expensive, and this cost is passed on in products that contain argan oil, even in small amounts. Depending on what you want to use the oil for, you can find it at a health food store or cosmetic store; Consumers can also order argan oil from cooperatives in Morocco.

The argan tree or Argania spinosa It has grown in Africa for thousands of years, and archaeological evidence suggests that people have been extracting its oil for centuries. The trees tend to develop twisted and twisted trunks and branches, with deep root systems that have helped them adapt to harsh desert conditions. When a tree is well situated, it can live for hundreds of years, producing small flowers in April and following with small fruits that look almost like limes.

To extract argan oil, people must remove an outer layer of pulp pulp from a hard seed that must be cracked open to open the seeds. The meat doesn't smell very good, and it isn't very tasty either; It is usually used as mulch or animal feed. Cracked shells are burned as a fuel source, as is wood from fallen argan trees, which can also be used to make furniture; Moroccans make very efficient use of this ancient tree.

Traditionally, women produce argan oil by first roasting the seeds to release a rich, nutty flavor and then hand-milling them to extract the oil. The resulting paste can be pressed for as much oil as possible and then fed to animals as a nutritious dietary supplement. The dark oil has a rich flavor that appears in some Moroccan foods, classically amlou, a sauce for bread, and less roasted oil for cosmetics. It is also possible to recover seeds from goat feces, as the digestive process softens the hard shells, but these seeds tend to have a pungent odor that makes them less desirable.

This oil is naturally rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, making it an excellent dietary supplement. It is also very good for the skin; Vitamin E can help soothe chapped hands, knees, and elbows while nourishing skin, and essential fatty acids can also promote healthy skin. These benefits have made argan oil popular in cosmetics for centuries in Morocco and beyond, and small bottles of the expensive oil are often offered in high-end cosmetic stores.

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