On the second day of our stay in Morocco we were picked up bright and early by our driver to head to the Argan Oil Farm around 15 minutes away. We were greeted by the sweetest lady who showed us around the place and talked us through each and every step of the Argan Oil process, I wish I could have bottled up the smell from inside! The nuts are harvested from the Argan Tree and distributed to all the women working at the co-operative - all the women here are either divorced or widowed so the Argan Oil Farm gives them a sense of purpose again.
First the casing of the nut needs to be removed by knocking it against a large rock. Once this is complete you use another rock to crack the shell and release the two nuts inside (this is a lot harder than it seems, I tried!) When you have all the nuts it is taken to a large plate with a handle where they are ground up into an Argan paste and pressed through a muslin to release all the oil. After our tour we visited the shop to stock up on all the fresh products - I got myself an Almond Scented Lip Balm, a Lemon Scented Hand Balm and some of Morocco's famous Almond Butter 'Amlou Beldi' made with Almonds and Argan Oil.