Food and culture. These two inseparable entities, combined to create a genuine dish, have always been the mantra of the dedicated women of Morocco as they produce one of the world’s healthiest cooking oil ever extracted, the Argan Oil. Argan oil has been one of the trendiest skin products to hit international shelves over the past few years; however this oil can also interest culinary industry. Argan in culinary language is described as super-healthy multipurpose eating oil with a rich aromatic smell of roasted flavor.
Generally there are two main types of oil extracted form argan tree that is culinary oil and cosmetic oil. The former is made from a roasted argan seed. By roasting the seeds it changes the scent of the oil which can give a rich nutty flavor punch. On the other hand the latter is made from unroasted seed which are continuously pressed and grind to produce refined amount of extracted oil. Culinary oil produces a yellow-orange tinge color that is made from a 150 year old tree and is molded for several weeks to create the quality flavor. Argan oil nutritional contents are high in antioxidants, tocopherol (Vitamin E), and essential fatty acids.
Argan Oil Best Use
Since Argan oil produces a nutty roasted taste, it adds a rich flavor to any savory dishes. When you want to preserve the nutrients of the oil and its freshness, it is best advice to use it without heat. Therefore argan oil is best use in any form of raw cooking such as salad dressings, and sauces. You can also have it drizzle in any of your pasta dishes. Also the easiest way to benefit from its healthy effects is to use it as a dunk for bread. Just like in Morocco, this oil is usually used as dip on hero bread during breakfast. Whatever cooking style you use, the most important thing is that it highly contributes to the achievement of your well-being.
Benefits of the Oil
Argan oil is extracted from the seeds inside the argan nutshell. The extract can be strong but a drop of it can already influence a great amount or rich savory flavor and nutritional benefits. Compared to olive oil, Argan oil contains more of Tocopherol (Vitamin E) and is full of antioxidants to prevent free radicals entering the body thus providing its anti-aging properties. It is also abundant in essential fatty acids or so called “good fats”. These fats are required for everyday well-being and to achieve an optimal level of functioning. One example of these essential fatty acids is Omega-6 fatty acid. Sometimes most people use this culinary oil to their skin and hair.