We took a tour of a women’s Argan oil cooperative in Morocco and it was one of those experiences I’ll always remember. The co-op was in between the Ourika Valley and the Atlas Mountains, and when we arrived, Berber women were preparing the argan tree nuts for production. This oil is made from a nut that only grows in Morocco, so many of these co-ops are scattered around the country.
This particular co-op employs widows from the local villages so they are able to support their themselves and their children. All of the work is done by hand so it’s a tedious process, but this ensures that the product is pure.
Argan oil is commonly used in cosmetics but it also has many culinary uses. The oil has a nutty flavor and can be used for dipping breads and different dressings. We purchased a bottle of pure Argan oil to cook with, and I also found lip gloss and an Argan oil mask.
The prices were more expensive than Argan oil sites you find on the Internet, but the women here use traditional methods to extract the oil and we were able to watch a demonstration. Plus, by purchasing these products, you’re making a difference in these women’s lives. It’s completely worth it!
Have you ever visited an Argan oil co-op?
Filed Under: Marrakech, Morocco, Travel