Supporting Local Communities
At Arganeco we believe in buying our Bio Argan oil directly from the women’s village co-operatives in southern Morocco. These cooperatives aim to improve the social and economic situations of the rural populations, especially the women and young girls. So far 2,500 women have followed educational courses in reading, writing and mathematics together with programmes dealing with civic education, the environment, hygiene and health. More women now understand their legal rights.
When you buy Arganeco Products you ensure that the women who harvest the nuts receive a fair price for their product.
Preserving The Local Environment
The production of Argan Oil benefits both the local communities and the fragile environment of the region.
Previously in times of drought and poverty, Argan trees would be cut down for firewood. This deforestation lead to the encroachment of the desert as it can take up to 15 years for trees to recover enough to bear fruit.
About The Argan Tree
The Argan tree is indigenous to the arid southwest region of Morocco.. Characterized by its toughness, this thorny tree , also known as Argania Spinosa is a drought tolerant which can live from 150 to 200 years on average, it has a deep root system that is perfectly adapted to the aridity of the South Western regions of Morocco and help retain the soil, preventing it from erosion and limiting the advance of the desert. In less than a century, more than a third of the Argan forest has disappeared.
Berber women (native Moroccans) have used it for centuries by producing the Argan oil for consumption and traditional Moroccan medicines. The oil has an interesting nutritional and unique cosmetic properties well-known across the globe.The Argan tree is also closely related to the Olive tree, the argan trees are spread out over 823,000 ha of uncultivable, withered land in Morocco's Agadir region which is situated in the southwest, the Souss Valley, the Anti-Atlas and the High Atlas in these areas the tree can manage high temperatures, it grows 8 to 10 metres and has a short, twisted trunk with pointy bundles.
The Argan tree grows a yellow-brown coloured fruit which contains one big nut and inside the nut it has 1-3 almonds that can hold up to 55% of oil.
The Moroccan people have many of uses for the whole tree, it is an essential source of income for all, the wood is used as fuel and sold, the leaves and flesh of the nut are food for cattle and the almonds become the precious and unique golden Argan Oil* which is then put into cosmetics and also used for culinary purposes.
Production of the oil – For hundreds of years the oil was produced in Morocco using traditional Berber methods devoid of any mechanical means. Mechanical equipment was introduced in place of manual labor in recent years. Today, the whole process is performed using fully automated and advanced equipment.
Here are some interesting facts you may not know about the Argan tree:
Argan fruit seeds – The pit of each fruit contains between 1 to 3 almond-shaped kernels. These kernels are used to produce the famous Argan oil used for food, health and cosmetics applications. It takes about 32 kilograms of fruit - roughly one season's produce from a single tree - to make one liter of oil!
UNESCO – Argan tree plays a vital role in maintaining the ecological balance and the economic situation of the population. In 1999, UNESCO added the argan tree to the World Heritage List.
The Organization also declared an area of about 26 million acres situated between the Atlas Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean in Morocco as the Arganeraie Biosphere Reserve. As such, UNESCO funds the activities required to preserve the trees in their natural environment.
Berbers – The Argan Tree has been known for centuries to the Berbers, who are the indigenous residents of the region in which the trees grow. They have been producing Argan oil by traditional methods for generations.
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