The seed kernel produces argan oil; the seed is roasted before the oil is expressed in order to eliminate saponins. While the nut is very bitter, the purified oil is as sweet as walnut oil.



  • Scientific Name(s): Argania spinosa (L.) Skeels. Family: Sapotaceae syn. Argania sideroxylon Roem. & Schult.
  • Common Name(s): Argan , Morroccan ironwood , arganier (French); argane , ardjane (Berber) 1


  • The oil is used internally and externally and has been used for skin and cardiovascular diseases and hypertension
  • It is, also, used for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and cholesterol-lowering effects.
  • It has been used in food and as a flavoring.
  • The oil is also used for making hard yellowish soap.



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