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