The ladies behind the making of Argan Oil
During a trip to Marrakech, we decided to explore the Atlas Mountains (highly recommend doing this). On our journey we stopped off at a little, rural village where Argan Oil is harvested and we got to learn all about the process. It was very interesting and lovely to meet the ladies who work so hard cracking and grinding the nuts and meet others from the local village.
It is mainly the ladies who work on this process (they deserve a big shout out, as it’s so hot and they are all so happy in their daily process, working hard). They harvest the nuts from the trees, which look like hard olives, these are then dried out, turning them dark brown and wrinkly. Then the women crack the shells off by hand using stones to extract the nut.
In my photo above, you can see lots of different baskets, the baskets are filled with dried nuts that need to cracked, and the de-shelled nuts are in the basket next to them. The larger stone between their legs is used to crack the nuts on. The casings are piled up on the ground.
Argan Oil is growing in popularity among cosmetic lines. Attempts to mechanize the process have proven unsuccessful, therefore requiring the traditional methods to still be carried out. It was wonderful to be able to visit this village and learn about the process.
Here are a couple other photos from the village: