The goats climb the low level trees are busy at work eating the seeds which are in hard pods. They swallow the seed shell whole when it is green and fresh off the tree. Easy work for a farmer so far. Now the hard work comes in of going through the goat feces to pick out the now brown seed pod in their poop. Yes the seeds are either spit up or pooped out. It is the goat’s digestive tract that make the Argan nut easier to crack so they can reach the oil inside. The nuts need to be collected by hand. There are no fancy machines in the process. Women with a hammer hit the pod with a hammer crack it and then ground into a thick paste. Water is added and made into a thick paste all hand made in this process.
Finally it is all filtered into a golden oil. It all takes about 40 work hours of labor to go from seed to one liter oil. One Argan tree can produce just one liter per tree per year and that is why it is so expensive. The precious Oil is called Liquid Gold. You can dip bread into the oil and eat it. It will have a peanut flavor. The women who process the oil now are wealthy. People are beautiful and rich now. They are the last few drops unable to keep up with modern demands.