Sous Valley, Morocco

16 Dec

The oil comes from the Argan tree that dominates the Sous Valley in southwestern Morocco. Women, the main cultivators of the oil, harvest the nuts from the trees, which look like hard green olives, and dry them out, turning them to brown and wrinkly.  Next, the women crack the shells off by hand using stones to extract the nut.  In the photo below, the big baskets are filled with dried nuts that need to cracked, and the de-shelled nuts are in the smaller basket next to them.  You can see the larger stone between their legs that is used to crack the nuts on.  The casings are piled up on the ground:

woman deshelling argan nuts in the  Sous Valley, Morocco

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