Argan oil, also called Liquid Gold, is a natural “anti-aging” remedy that is derived from an olive-like fruit grown in the arid valleys of southwestern Morocco. This Argan oil is fresh-pressed directly off the grinder. As the oil is pure, unrefined,and filtered, there is some sedimate that accumulates at the bottom of the bottle after setting. It is recommended to leave the sediment at the bottom. This can look cloudy and slightly orange. As a rule, this shows that the oil is neither corrupt nor cut-off. Unrefined and unfiltered Argan has an unusual pungent aroma. Some say it smells nutty, others like popcorn, and very ripe pineapple,and still others smell very little. The good thing is, that the actual aroma of Argan doesn't stay on the skin.
All our Argan oil is organic and unrefined. It should be stored in a cool, dark area. We support the Women's Co-op and when purchasing this oil you are contribting to the Fair-Trade movement and support the hard-laboring women in this region. The Argan is pressed fresh when we order. It takes close to 85 pounds of Argan nuts to make around 32 ounces of oil. It is precious and hard work for those making this for us.
|Country of Origin||Morocco|
|Extraction Method||Cold Pressed|
Our Argan oil is produced in Morocco using the same traditional techniques that have been used for centuries. First, the fruit is carefully harvested by hand and any damaged or rotten fruit picked out. The women then spread the fruit to dry in the sun on the flat roofs of mud-brick houses. The nut is removed from the dry fruit and then crushed between two stones to remove the oily grains from the rest of the nut. The grains are then gathered up and ground in a traditional stone hand mill until they form a smooth, creamy paste. The paste is slowly mixed with boiling water to form a dough, which is then kneaded for thirty minutes until the pure Argan oil separates out. It takes thirty kilograms of fruit to produce one kilogram of Argan oil, or all of the fruit that approximately five trees can produce in a season. For this reason, and for the color of the oil, Argan oil is known around the world as “liquid gold.” This extraction method is very ancestral and very efficient.Recipes
Fatty Acid Composition %
Myristic acid: 0.15
Palmitic acid 12.0-13.0
Stearic acid 5.0-7.0
Oleic acid 43.0-49.1
Linoleic acid 29.3-36.0
Sterol Composition %
D-7 avenasterol 4.0-7.0
Total sterols 130-220 mg/100g
Tocopherals composition %
Alpha tocopherol (Vit E) 3.0-6.5
Gamma tocopherol 81.0-92.0
Delta tocopherol 81.0-92.0
Totoal tocopherols 60-90mg/100g
The suggested shelf life is 2 years.
|Batch Number||Pressed Date|