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Where does argan oil come from?

Argan oil is an oil extracted from the almond (seed) of the fruit of the Argan tree. The fruit contains an ovate, hard-shelled nut, which encloses the fleshy albumen or Argan almond.

The Argan tree is only found in one region of the world, the southwestern region of Morocco, Africa, at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Argan trees reach heights up to 30 meters and an age of 150 - 200 years. The trees don't produce fruit, from which the oil is derived, until nearly 30 - 50 years of age. The Argan tree is an uncultivated tree and as such the oil is limited by the number of trees in the Argan forest.

Trees yield fruit once a year and it takes one tree to produce 1 liter of Argan oil. Due to the limited supply of Argan oil and it's increasing demand in the culinary and cosmetic industries the price of Argan oil has markedly increased in the past few years.

on Monday July 04 by Super User
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