Can I really eat this? That is the first question that everyone always asks me. The answer is a resounding YES! Not only can you eat it but you will love it. What am I referring too? Culinary argan oil, of course! Yes, the same moisturizing, healing, protective oil that you use externally on your skin is EDIBLE. Wait, before you pour cosmetic argan oil over your salad, let me explain the difference between cosmetic and culinary argan oil!
What is argan oil ? Argan oil is derived from the fruit of an ancient tree species called Argania spinosa that grows in the southwestern region of Morocco. A hard shell lies beneath the argan fruit that must be hand-cracked. Inside its shell are 2-3 argan rich kernels used for oil extraction. Working directly with our Women’s Cooperative, harvesting and extracting the oil is carried out virtually the same way its been done for hundreds of years. This multi-step, labor intensive process requiring 10-15 hours of hand-cracking argan shells equals about 2.25 kilos (5LBs) of kernels-only enough oil for one liter! Referred to as ‘liquid gold’, argan oil is deemed so precious that the argan forest was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998.
So, what is the difference between cosmetic and culinary argan oil? Cosmetic oil is extracted from non-roasted argan kernels. They have a mild nutty scent and because these kernels are not roasted they yield even less oil. Culinary argan oil is extracted from lightly roasted kernels and has a very nutty scent.
Cosmetic argan oil has gained popularity over the last few years because of its amazing benefits. It moisturizers the skin while increasing elasticity, helps block UV rays, and heals skin damage due to its high content of vitamin E. Are you afraid to use an oil on your oily skin? You shouldn’t be, argan oil will actually not make your skin more oily because it’s absorbed right into the epidermis. Use it sparingly, add 2-3 drops in the palm of your hands, rub them together for a few seconds to warm up the oil and then lightly pat your face and neck.
New to the West not new to Morocco. Argan oil was used medicinally for centuries to treat different skin aliments like eczema, acne and burns. Known as a powerful anti-oxidant due to its high vitamin E content (twice the amount found in olive oil) , argan oil is part of a Mediterranean diet. When taken internally it aids digestion, decreases inflammation, reduces the body’s resistance to insulin, fights free-radicals, contains essential fatty acids, heart-healthy omegas, and is believed to be effective in treating certain types of cancer. I was hooked by its delicious nutty flavor, it is just as versatile as olive oil, and can be used as a finishing oil or for for light sautéing.
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