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Hey guys, 

 

I'm new here. I have a Moroccan background and recently, I've started incorporating Argan Oil into eggs, salads, and some meat dishes. I wonder how many of you have had the opportunity to cook with Argan Oil, and if so, what types of dishes?

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Many years ago I bought a very small bottle of argan oil in Morocco, maybe 200 ml. The smell and taste is incredibly nutty. I never cooked with it but used some on salads.

 

Nowadays, I wouldn't know where to buy real argan oil. Nearly all of the trade goes to cosmetics. Even in Morocco they will sell you argan oil but in reality it's fake. If you're lucky it's a bit of argan and a lot of other oil...

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I do not like it.

Most of the ones you can get here are cut so much I would call them imitation

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I have authentic 100% argan oil from Morocco. I got it on my visit there. I saw them as they produced it. If you don't know how it's made, look it up. You'll laugh lol
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Originally Posted by dantech View Post

I have authentic 100% argan oil from Morocco. I got it on my visit there. I saw them as they produced it. If you don't know how it's made, look it up. You'll laugh lol

Most of the argan oil is now produced by berber women who stepped into a humanitary aid program that is set up to give these women some independence, which is not an evidence in Morocco at all. Nothing really much to laugh about imo.

 

These tiny argan nuts are many times tougher than -say- hazelnuts. They are manually cracked open -one by one- by these women, then processed into oil that mostly finds its way to Switzerland for the cometic industry. Such a shame, argan is probably the healthiest oil ever.

 

Maroccan shops that look like pharmacies, manned with guys dressed in white, are thé places par excellence where you will by the fakest argan oil ever. Nothing guarantees anyone to have bought real argan oil in Morocco, there's zero regulation.

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Most of the argan oil is now produced by berber women who stepped into a humanitary aid program that is set up to give these women some independence, which is not an evidence in Morocco at all. Nothing really much to laugh about imo.

These tiny argan nuts are many times tougher than -say- hazelnuts. They are manually cracked open -one by one- by these women, then processed into oil that mostly finds its way to Switzerland for the cometic industry. Such a shame, argan is probably the healthiest oil ever.

Maroccan shops that look like pharmacies, manned with guys dressed in white, are thé places par excellence where you will by the fakest argan oil ever. Nothing guarantees anyone to have bought real argan oil in Morocco, there's zero regulation.
yes, you're right. But as I said, I was at the place where they produce it. I saw it with my own eyes. Also, you may have heard of the company "Aicha" which is based in Morocco, and sells oils, olives, truffles, etc... that company belongs to my cousins. When I was there, touring with my cousins, they're the ones who made us stop at this little place off the road to pick up some of this authentic oil. They sell the Argan oil you're talking about, so they know their oils. The oil I bought doesn't have packaging or anything like that. It was poured into one of many empty recycled bottles they had there.
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So, I gather that a chance for any of us to try a little bit of real Argan oil is not great?  

 

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Hi Dantech,

 

I bought two brands of argan oil in Marrakech and use them sparingly. The Alimentaire type is the controversial one for obvious reasons but is worth braving. I use it to finish carrot-based soups. One's carrot and leek and the other's spicier with ras el hanout and harissa. I use more argan oil in the spicy soup because the oil's quite robust in flavour and the nuttiness smooths out the harsh spice.

 

I also use it to dress salads containing cheese or finish roasted root veg e.g. butternut squash, parsnips. I never actually heat the oil though (or use it for frying) as it taints whatever protein I'm cooking with so all you taste is argan. Plus there's a risk of making it acrid. Also try using it in place of EVOO to experiment and see what works.

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Hi Dantech,

 

I bought two brands of argan oil in Marrakech and use them sparingly. The Alimentaire type is the controversial one for obvious reasons but is worth braving. I use it to finish carrot-based soups. One's carrot and leek and the other's spicier with ras el hanout and harissa. I use more argan oil in the spicy soup because the oil's quite robust in flavour and the nuttiness smooths out the harsh spice.

 

I also use it to dress salads containing cheese or finish roasted root veg e.g. butternut squash, parsnips. I never actually heat the oil though (or use it for frying) as it taints whatever protein I'm cooking with so all you taste is argan. Plus there's a risk of making it acrid. Also try using it in place of EVOO to experiment and see what works.

Mmmmm.. sounds good! I see that you don't heat the oil but you should try it with sunny side up eggs, smoky paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. It's a great breakfast and just tastes like Morocco!

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