Argon Oil and Moroccan Tea

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I posted here about one of of the stops we made in Morocco, a Souk. While I loved the Souk, I was determined to obtain some Argon oil during our visit. It is so very expensive here in the US. Since I like to make my own cosmetics, I was interested in Argon oil for that purpose.

When we travel, Mr. M and I love to hire locals, like Taxi drivers, to take us places in their own country. That is exactly what we did in Morocco, and it gave us great leeway in our choices of places to visit. Our driver took us to the Souk at our request, then to a fantastic hotel that is a former Palace with Harem quarters, and a Museum for argon oil .

On our way, we traveled through the Moroccan countryside and our driver stopped at a tree and this is what we saw:

Goats in an Argon tree
Goats in an Argon tree

This is a fairly common sight in the Moroccan countryside. The tree is the Argon tree and is indigenous only to Morocco. The goats climb these trees on their own to eat the leaves and fruit. I loved seeing these trees because they reminded me of the Mesquite trees in the Sonoran desert in Arizona where I spent a lot of time when we were raising our children.

The fruit of the Argon tree has an almond like seed that is the source of the precious oil. Originally, the oil was released by women grinding the seeds in special stone grinders the squeezing the pulp by hand. I am sure that machinery does this now but it was fun seeing how it was done in the past in the museum.

Here is a photo from there:

Reenactment of grinding Argon oil
Reenactment of grinding Argon oil

These ladies were so personable and fun to watch. If you notice, there is a traditional Moroccan tea set up in the left of the photo. They were so kind to offer a glass to us. Moroccan tea is delicious!

Here is a photo of it:

Moroccan tea
Moroccan tea

Moroccan tea is wonderful, minty, sweet, and refreshing! Although it is served in a glass, the tea is served hot.

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4 thoughts on “Argon Oil and Moroccan Tea

    aleksawal said:
    May 14, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    There’s a first…I can honestly say I have never seen goats in a tree!!

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      itsjusttoni responded:
      May 15, 2015 at 5:09 am

      Thanks for visiting my blog! I thought at first that it was staged for visitors but it wasn’t because we saw them all over the countryside as we drove along!

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    Rechito said:
    May 14, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    that’s amazing, goats climbing a tree!

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      itsjusttoni responded:
      May 15, 2015 at 5:10 am

      Thanks for visiting! Those goats really love to eat the trees!

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