The scientifically recognized name for the argan tree is Argania Spinosa, a 1.5 million year old breed indigenous to southwest Morocco with a life span of 150 to 200 years. The cultivation of the argan fruit used to produce argan oil is in no way harmful to the tree; on the contrary, research demonstrates that commercializing argan oil truly protects it. Your endorsement of argan oil increases the number of trees planted each year in order to meet demands and raise awareness of the health, social, economical, and environmental value of the tree.
The argan tree’s deep roots are the most important stabilizing element in the arid ecosystem. They protect soil against heavy rain and wind-induced erosion, maintain soil fertility, and have the unique ability to draw water from 100 feet below, allowing other plants in their vicinity to feed from their supply. The argan tree provides the final barrier against the encroaching desert.
In 1998, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) took action to protect the argan forest declaring it an international ‘biosphere reserve’.
The argan tree, Argania Spinosa, is one of Morocco’s most prized natural jewels. In order to preserve this treasure, we are taking an ethical approach to utilize the tree’s goods while supporting the community members whose lives depend on them. It is estimated that 90% of the rural population of the region depend on the tree for uses such as food, animal feed, building materials, charcoal, shade, soil stability for crops, traditional medicine, and cosmetic applications.
Our Argan Oil is USDA and EU (European Union) certified Organic.