The fruit takes over a year to mature, ripening in summer of the following year. It then falls when black & dry, pick up & process. Argan fruits can also be eaten by livestock without hampering oil production as the seeds are not digested & can be recovered in the dung.
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Argan Tree Overview
The argan tree is a thorny tree with black gnarled trunks and dark green oval leaves which are rounded at the apex. This tree is known to live up to 200 years, and is an essential part of its environment in providing for both people and animals as well as preventing erosion and desertification. The oil extracted from the seeds of this tree has played and is still playing an ever-increasing role in the culinary, cosmetic and medicinal applications, not only traditionally in the local Berber society but also on a global level.
Common problems with Argan Tree
Infestation by the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata).
How to propagate Argan Tree
Sowing time - Spring/Summer; seeds can be slow and difficult to germinate. Due to the hard shell soaking prior to planting is essential.
Special features of Argan Tree
It is highly tolerant of drought, high heat, and poor soil conditions.
Attracts useful insects
Bees nest in these trees, that are thus a good source of honey.
Repels harmful insects
Argan wood is particularly resistant to insects.
Other uses of Argan Tree
Food. Cosmetics. Forestry. Medicine. Protection from desertification