The awareness of Argan Oil is increasing every day, but how is it different to Olive Oil?
For the Gourmets, Argan Oil differs greatly in taste compared to Olive Oil. Argan Oil has a distinct nutty taste, originating from the roasted Argan nut kernels.
For the health-aware, like Olive Oil, Argan Oil is reported to have great health benefits. The nutritional elements of Argan Oil are similar to other Oils, yet Argan Oil has a unique combination of these elements that link Argan Oil to potential health benefits, such as supporting the normal functions of the immune system and balancing the lipid profile.
So why is Argan Oil so precious? Compared to the 2.4 billion litres of Olive Oil, only 11 million litres of Argan Oil is produced a year. To produce Olive Oil, you only need around 5kg of olives to produce a litre, compared to 30kg of Argan fruits to produce a litre of Argan Oil. The difference in production is also due to the factor that the Argan tree only grows in Morocco, the Argan tree itself produces fruit only every other year (with a full harvest of one Argan tree producing only one litre of Argan Oil) and the Argan Oil’s production method is very labour intensive (about 15 hours per litre).