Unbelievable Facts About Moroccan Oil.
There are many sources online claiming that Argan oil is also known as Argon oil, and some are even offering alleged Argan oil products under this term. So, does Argan oil has any other names? The term Argon, contrary to some rumors floating around on the internet, has absolutely nothing to do with Argan. Argon is a chemical element with symbol Ar and atomic number 18. It is in a group of the periodic table. it is the third most common gas in the earth’s atmosphere. When it comes to Argan tree (Argania Spinoza) yearly crop, many online sellers and so-called Argan oil ‘”experts” are claiming the yield quantity to be ranging from 8 Kg to 300 Kg per year. This is exactly the kind of humbug that leads to uncertainties and the spread of misleading information down the road.
What is the yearly crop of the Argan tree? Are the Argan fruits harvested directly from the tree or collected from the ground?
The Argan tree yields between 100 to 180 Kg fruits per year depending on the weather changes, the rain as well as the conditions of the ground around the tree. That gives between 4 and 6 Kg of kernels yield in around 2 liters of Argan oil. Some say it takes one year to dry the Argan fruit before it is ready to process. Others say the process can start right after the collection. How long does it take to dry the Argan fruit before processing? The fresh Argan fruit takes around 7 days to dry. After that, it is either storing bags for later years use or processed directly to extract the Argan kernels as needed. You might have come across websites talking about the extraction time of Argan kernels. Their estimations are ranging from some hours up to one week of work.
Are the Argan fruits harvested directly from the tree or collected from the ground?
We asked a person whose daily business is processing Argan fruits, kernels and Argan oil. How long does it take to extract the Argan kernels from the nuts? How long does it take to roast enough kernels for 1 liter of Argan oil? To extract only the Argan kernels consumes around 3 days process. After that, the kernels roasted then grind to gain pure Argan oil. This point is among the ones with the biggest amount of misleading information out there. Firstly because many are still confusing the Argan nuts with the kernels. Numerous sources, for example, are boldly claiming that they need around 300 kg of Argan fruits to yield 1 liter of Argan oil.
So, how much Argan fruit does it take to yield 1 liter of Argan oil? It takes between 25 and 30 Kg of Argan fruits to gain around 2 Kg of Argan kernels that finally yield 1 liter of pure Argan oil.