Argan comes from the argan tree, which grows mainly in the countries of the Maghreb (Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya). It is called "Morocco’s olive tree" due to its longevity and the hardness of its wood. This tree plays an essential role in maintaining the ecological balance and economic situation of Morocco. Through its strong root system, it keeps the soil fertile and protects them against water and wind erosion, which threaten much of Morocco with desertification. As a result, the argan tree has been classified in the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1999. The argan tree is very resistant to heat and can withstand temperatures up to 50°C (122°F). It can reach 8 to 10 m in height and live for 150 to 200 years. The fruit of the argan tree is green and resembles an olive, but are larger and more round. On the inside, there is a nut with a very hard shell. The latter represents approximately one quarter of the weight of the fruit.
The argan nut may contain up to three kernels from which the argan oil will be extracted. The ripening of the fruit takes place from May to September. In order to produce 1L of virgin oil, 2 to 3 kg of kernels is necessary.
The fruit for our argan oil, as well as its production, is based in Morocco, where the best harvests are found. It consists of 10% virgin argan oil from grilled fruit and 90% virgin argan oil from cold-pressed fruit. This mixture enables the flavors of the argan seed to be harmoniously accentuated.