Marwane El Kharbili

Feb 25, 2008

Argan: Moroccan tree of life

Th Argan tree is a part of Moroccan culture. It is called the tree of life by all Berber tribes that live in the regions of morocco where the tree grows. This tres is very famous all over the world for many reasons. Even people in farthes regions know it, or a least their women, because it is part of many beauty and wellness products.

The Argan tree is one of the oldest in the world and way way older than we humans, it can live up to 400 years. At some obscure point in history (our planet's history, a Goliath compared to ours), the Argan tree started to grow only in arid and desertial environments. Now the tree grows solely in the Souss-Massa-Draa region of Morocco. Every attempt to make the tree grow anywhere else on earth has been unsuccessful up until now. Even in europe, people are starting to use the main product from the tree, Argan Oil, for cooking and beauty purposes.

The only people mastering the art of hand-pressed oil extraction from the tree are the Berber women of the tribes living in the Souss-Massa-Draa region. They have gathered on a cooperation to produce and export the oil. Medicinal properties of Argan oil are known by the Berbers since ages, and medicine confirms them. For more Information About Argan Oil, please read: In case you also want to learn why it is called Argan, have a look at how the arabs and berbers write it:

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