Argan Oil: History in a Nutshell
The Argan tree oil is slightly darker than almond oil, with a golden tinge (if cosmetic) or a red/orange touch (if culinary) and has amazing and versatile benefits.
Argan oil has been produced by the locals for centuries, yet remained a well-kept “secret” known only to the indigenous in Morocco and was (and still is) used for domestic purposes here in the region for:
- Traditional and modern cuisine recipes to enhance flavor
- Cosmetics as a beauty oil for skin, nails and hair
- Traditional medicine
One of the prominent culinary uses of Argan oil in many Moroccan households is the sweet delicacy called Amlou.
That’s a mixture of ground roasted almonds, honey and Argan oil.
This delicious mixture is usually served for breakfast often as a dip for home-baked bread accompanied by the traditional Moroccan peppermint tea.
There are claims that Argan oil was sold by merchants in the Mediterranean region around the 12 Century BC.
Today, the Argan tree oil is the rarest vegetable oil out there because of scarcity of the Argan trees.
These include the modern exquisite cuisine as well as health-care, personal-care and cosmetic industries.
Now the Argania Spinosa oil is widely used to manufacture a wide palette of products therein, as there’s no other natural cosmetic product with such a wide range of usages similar to the Argan oil out there.