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    History Of The Argan Tree
The Argan Tree also known as "Argania spinosa" Plays a main role in Moroccan heritage, especially in the southern regions of Morocco, Agadir, the Atlas Mountains and the Souss-Massa-Draa Region. A decade ago it was mainnly part of the Berber life, now up until recently it's become the pinnacle of the health supplements industry. This amazing tree only grows in this region, and no where else in the world, attempts to reproduce this tree elsewhere have failed.

Rich Calcareous soil, Mediterranean climate are some of the elements accountable for this trees habitat. Not much rainfall in this region (only 200/300mm a year), but not an issue with the Argan Tree, its roots go way deep to obtain the dampness and moisture it requires. Some have said the life span of this tree goes beyond 150 years, but others have said 500 years would be more accurate. It is said the Argan tree dates back 25,000,000 years and to have once covered the entire region of North Africa. What remains today is known as the "Argania Forest" which covers some 900,000 hectares. In the last half century more than a third of the argan forest has vanished due to the demand for firewood and conversion of land for agricultural farming. The future of the Argan tree lays in the balance, the intervention of U.N. agency UNESCO has created some hope to replenish the forest but the regeneration of the argan tree is no easy task (unlike other fruit trees).

Argan Tree Characteristics
The Argan Tree is characterized by its short trunk, with its long twisting branches that reaches heights of up to 35 feet. The nature of the branches make easy climb for foraging goats, which amazingly climb to the very heights of this tree.but why? The Argan tree is indeed a fruit tree, during the summer months the fruit reaches its maturity and turns a shade of bright yellow (the fruit is green when unripe), slightly larger than that of an olive, the goats feed on the outer layers of the fruit, the skin and the outer pulp, the inside nut is not eaten.

Argan Oil
It is the Argan nut, when grounded to a paste releases a golden amber oil when extracted. It is this oil that has caused a huge demand from the outside world, mainly from the cosmetic industry. The oil serves as a multi-purpose beauty product, ranging from argan based creams, soaps and shampoos. Argan Oil as a culinary oil is used for many famous Moroccan dishes such as couscous, salads and amlou spread (argan oil, almond paste and honey).