Tree of treasures
The argan tree paints an imposing picture in Morocco’s red landscape. With its wide, spreading crown, the tree is shrouded in incredible charisma and mysticism. It has grown wild for millions of years, its range limited to the southwestern part of the country. The nut contains a treasure: one to three seeds, which are pressed to extract precious argan oil.
The argan (Argania spinosa) is one of the world’s oldest trees. It has grown wild only in the southwestern part of Morocco for millions of years. Its oil-rich fruit resembles a cross between an olive and a yellow plum. Its flavour is bitter, making it inedible to people. But the nut in its centre contains a treasure: one to three seeds, which are pressed to extract precious argan oil, also known as “Moroccan gold.”
The argan tree’s range is near the cities of Agadir and Essaouira. This is the home of the Amazigh Berber tribes, who have centuries of experience with extracting and processing argan oil. Following scientific research into the effects of argan oil, UNESCO designated Morocco’s argan-growing region the Arganeraie Biosphere Reserve in 1998. This designation helps better protect the Amazigh’s unique culture, which arose around the argan tree at the edge of the Sahara – and with it, the traditional knowledge of Morocco’s prized argan oil.
From tree to oil
Argan oil, also known as Morocco’s liquid gold due to its prized ingredients and remarkable effects, is extracted from the fruit of the thorny argan tree. First, the pulp is removed by hand. The hard nut in the centre is then cracked open between two stones, and the seeds inside are carefully removed by hand, gently roasted and pressed.
We wanted to introduce machinery to handle the hard physical work, the hand-pressing of the oil. This not only relieves women of the most difficult part of the work; it also ensures the same high quality while meeting optimal hygiene requirements. Our oils are cold pressed to fully preserve the various active ingredients and to allow us to share the natural flavour of Moroccan argan oil in its purest form.
Oil for cosmetic use is extracted from unroasted seeds.
Gertraud Völkl, the founder of LEMAROC, chose the area around Essaouira for her luxurious LEMAROC argan oil. After months of searching and sampling, she found argan seeds near Essaouira that are especially rich in flavour. They convey the particular nutty nuances of Moroccan organic argan oil with a superior subtlety.
The secret to good health
Backed by science.
DMysterious, precious and rare, argan oil is an integral part of traditional Moroccan medicine. The Berber tribes who live near Agadir and Essaouira in particular have centuries of experience with argan oil.
Argan oil is a marvel, and science has known this for some time. In studies, it exceeded all expectations and was proven to have a positive impact on our immune system. Universities in Rabat, Morocco, and in Metz, France, as well as a number of French laboratories conducted years of detailed research on the compounds in argan oil and their wide range of effects. Little by little, they revealed the secret of argan oil. The precious oil contains two active ingredients that have been at the centre of research around the world: Schottenol and Alpha-Spinasterol. In laboratory tests, these two ingredients were shown to have powerful properties that renew cells, heal and protect. Both substances have been successfully used for centuries in Africa and India to treat skin diseases and wounds.Argan oil is also incredibly rich in alpha-Tocopherol, an especially beneficial form of vitamin E. It gives argan oil its impressive properties as an antioxidant and interceptor of free radicals, making it important in the anti-ageing process. Thanks to its high percentage of beneficial vitamin E, argan oil successfully defends against environmental pollutants, protects the skin, boosts the immune system, slows skin ageing and improves the regeneration of damaged cells.
Not only are each of the active ingredients in argan oil prized on their own; in harmonious combination, they make argan oil so beneficial to our immune system, so effective and so unique. Argan oil has demonstrated its culinary, cosmetic and medicinal benefits for centuries.
100g 100 g organic argan oil contains, on average:
|Energy||3700 kj/ 900 kcal|
|Saturated fat:||22 g|
|Monounsaturated fat||45 g|
|Polyunsaturated fat||44 g|
|Vitamin E:||7,2 mg (60%*)|
* = The recommended daily allowance of vitamin E helps protect cells from oxidative stress.
Argan oil is composed of up to 80% unsaturated fatty acids. It has a much higher percentage of linoleic acid and oleic acid than other high-quality oils, such as olive oil.
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