After a good deal of time spent haggling, Omar, the taxi driver, agreed to drive us two and a half hours east to Essaouira. On the way, he pulled over at an Argan Oil co-op. Here, Berber widows and single mothers are employeed to produce this oil using traditional methods of peeling, roasting and grinding Argan tree seeds using stone grinders and woven baskets. The final oil is the rarest on earth and is made into cooking and beauty products that are extremely popular here in Morocco, and abroad.
The leftover nut that is strained from the oil is fed to the goats that we saw hanging out in the trees along the road during our drive to the seaside!