Argan Kernel Extraction

The hardest steps to yield Argan oil: The Argan kernel extraction

Note: These videos aren´t here to sell you anything nor are they some of these lame entertainment sales-videos!They’re for educational purposes only and one of their primary goals is to weed out as much as possible the misleading information about Argan oil spreading around the internet!If you belong to the stampede of people running towards the latest exaggeration and hype about Argan oil, this isn´t for you!Furthermore, we´ve spent a considerable amount of time and money on these simple videos, and we´ve done our best to keep them as simple and concise as possible to eliminate all the fluff, leaving only real useable information that will help you take full advantage of this magic natural “Elixir”.

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The Argan Kernel Extraction

You might have come across websites talking about the extraction time of the Argan kernels.

Their estimations are ranging between some hours up to one week of work.

To clear this up, we asked a person whose processing Argan fruits / kernels / oil is a daily business.


  • How long does it take to extract the Argan kernels from the nuts?
  • How long does it take to roast enough kernels for 1 Liter of Argan oil?
(text transcript of this video is below)

To make sure we deliver you authentic and accurate information, we asked directly the natives who:

      • Know best about Argan oil and Argan culture
      • Have been producing, using and selling Argan oil for ages
      • Are still extracting it the ancestral and traditional way.

Transcript [0:00:39]

Ok, what´s your name?


Fadna, are you willing to answer my questions?


Thank you very much for accepting.

I thank you too.

How long did you say it takes to extract the Argan kernel from the Argan fruit?

The kernel?

Yes, if you want to crack the nut to reach the kernel?

We first remove the pulp (Berber Term: affiach)

And how long does it take to extract the Argan kernel from the hard nut? Is it fast?

No, it needs quite a long time: around 2 days.

2 days!


2 Days´ work for how much fruit? 1 bag?

No, after 2 days of hard work you extract 1,5 Kg of Argan kernels.

1,5 Kg in 2 days!!

Yes, 1,5 Kg in 2 days because it´s real hard work.

All this only to remove the pulp?

No, it takes 2 days to remove the pulp of the Argan fruit and crack the Argan nuts to reach the kernels.

Ok. 2 days!!


Hand work, right? You crack the Argan nuts using only the stones?

Yes, we only use stones for both: removing the pulp and cracking the Argan nuts.

And how long does it take to roast 2 Kg of the Argan kernels?

To roast 2 kg to extract 1 liter, we need 30 minutes and twice as long for roasting 4 Kg.


It takes 1 hour to roast 4 Kg of Argan kernels to yield 2 liters of Argan oil.

2 liters.


And how long does it take to grind them in the stone hand-mill (Ar. Term: R´ha)?

It takes between 2 1/2 and 3 hours of pure grinding.

Using the stone-mill?

Yes, and it´s this colleague´s turn to roast the kernels today.

Do you also grind them using the machine from time to time?


What about the cosmetic Argan oil?

Yes, for that one we use the machine.

Not for the culinary one?

No, we use only the stone hand-mill to extract the culinary Argan oil.

In spite of the hard work of the stone hand-mill… but the Argan oil yielded this way is worth it.

The cumbersome process to extract only the Argan kernels consumes around 3 days in total time.

Only after that the kernels are roasted then finally ground to gain pure Argan oil.

End of Audio [0:02:44]

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  1. hi, I would like to know if r’ha is azrg, which seems to mean ‘hand-mill’ as well? I very much like to carry a hand-mill back home and want to know how much it costs to buy one, where I can buy it and how heavy it is.
    Thank you very much for the help.

    1. Hi Charlotte,

      Thank you for stopping by.

      Yes, Azrg (Berber) & R’ha (Arabic) mean the hand-mill.
      As to how much they cost / weight, that depends on the size as well as the stone type they are made of.
      If you are traveling to the south of Morocco, you will find them in pretty much all regional souks (traditional markets), however, I’m not sure how you intend to transport it, as they are really heavy usually.

      All the best,
      Amina 🙂

  2. Way cool!
    Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this post and also the rest of
    the website is very good.

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