Download Moroccan Recipes Based on Argan Oil

slow food moroccan argan oil recipes 33 exotic Moroccan recipes from the women who make and cook with argan oil.

The argan tree is a Berber identity icon, and production of its oil is traditionally a woman’s job.  But as with many folkways, interest in argan began to dwindle. It’s a finicky process with low yield. Unless marketed wisely, it’s hardly worth the effort to produce.

The Slow Food Foundation of Biodiversity, funded by Italy’s Piemonte Regional Authority, established argan oil workshops in Morocco, reviving the ancient skill and giving village women an opportunity to earn money.  Read how argan oil is  empowering Moroccan village women.

Argan oil is now considered a culinary and cosmetic treasure in upscale homes world-wide. Consequently, preserving the native argan forests has become an important economic issue in Morocco – just in time to prevent erosion of their environment. Recent successful efforts to cultivate the argan tree in Israel also improve the species’ chances for survival.

Hopefully this cookbook, written in charmingly accented English and lavishly illustrated with beautiful watercolors, will inspire you to do some exotic argan oil cooking.

moroccan argan oil cookbook berber woman serving tea

Historical notes and traditional stories polish the recipes, which cover sauces, salads, couscous, soups, tajines and desserts. Scattered throughout the text are little gems like advice on how to tell if saffron is good quality; how to cook with a tajine pot; what oudi butter is (a type of ghee, or smen).

You can download the PDF for The Gold of Arganeraie by clicking on this link. And to give you a taste, here’s a simple dessert. It would make a good finger-food for a party too.

Dates Filled With Cheese and Walnuts

Adapted from The Gold of Arganeraie

For 15 dates

15 stoned dates

30 grams walnuts, finely chopped

100 grams ricotta cheese

80 grams Roquefort cheese

1 teaspoon argan oil

salt

Preparation time: 1⁄2 hour

Mix the ricotta with the Roquefort and argan oil using a whisk. Salt to taste.

Add half the chopped walnuts and put in a pastry bag.

Fill the stoned dates with the cheese mixture and finally decorate with the remaining walnuts.

Some surprising Moroccan recipes on Green Prophet:

Images from The Gold of Arganeraie.

Miriam also blogs at Israeli Kitchen.

3 thoughts on “Download Moroccan Recipes Based on Argan Oil

  1. Ella Marie

    I love argan oil! There are so many uses for argan oil and essentials oils, I am constantly learning something about it I didn’t know! Great article. My favorite use of argan oil is as a part of my daily skincare routine. My favorite brand? Purelement Naturals (purelementnaturals.com). All of their products are great – but my favorite is Defend Argan Oil Moisturizer. I was extremely surprised how much better my skin looked and felt after using more natural and organic products. My skin is tighter and softer than ever before.

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