We visited a women’s cooperative where they make argan oil. The argan is a small nut that grows only in certain parts of Morocco. Moroccan Argan oil is applied to the hair to make it soft and shiny, and applied to the skin to make it soft and supple.
The shop women demonstrated the process of making the oil. Two women sat cracking and shelling the nuts, another woman hand cranked a nut grinder producing an oily sludge similar to natural peanut butter but more red in color. A third woman who spoke English quite well explained the process and extolled the virtues of the oil.
Although the demonstrated process seemed slow and labor intensive, the products in their shop were high quality and professionally packaged. I can’t help but think that the actual production process is at least a little more modern and automated than what they showed us.