The Argan is a tree found in southwestern Morocco and parts of Algeria. I read about this tree in the book, Around the World in 80 Trees by Jonathan Drori.
I learned a number of wonderful things about the Argan tree. They are as follows:
1. They have deep roots and stabilize arid soil near the Sahara
2. They have small, leathery leaves and is gnarled and slow growing. It also has thorns to keep the herbivores away.
3. But they are unsuccessful when it comes to goats
4. The goats love the argan fruit. The fruit of the tree is a golden oval, the size of a small plum. The bitter peel surrounds a sweet smelling pulp.
5. The pulp is very astringent to humans. But goats love it.
6. Argan oil is used in cosmetics
7. Argan oil is also used in food (similar to olive oil)