Tamri Tree Goats, Tamri National Park, Souss-Massa, Morocco
It is quite a sight, the goats balancing on the narrow branches of the Argan trees. Contrary to what some might think, the goats do not climb the trees because of draught or anything. They are simply too small to reach the berries standing on the ground, and argan berries is about the best food a Tamri goat could imagine.
But when the occasional tourist has shot his photos and returned to his taxi or rental car, the most interesting process has just begun. After digesting the berries the goats will leave behind manure with the large kernels. The manure is collected by local women, the kernels extracted, washed, then grinded and pressed. The result is the argan oil.
In this part of Morocco, the argan oil is used widely for food or for the health, like the skin. Thanks to its delicious taste and flavour. Argan oil together with mashed almonds and sugar makes a tasty paste that can be eaten just with normal bread and a cup of mint.
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