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Argan Collection

This feature showcases how the fruits of the Argania spinosa plant are harvested from the Argania Forest in Morrocco (a UNESCO biosphere reserve) by cooperatives of women who ensure the protection of these plants and the reforestation of this area.


Essaouira, Morocco

GAP Photos/Matteo Carassale - Owner: Argan Beladi

Feature No:   4469 

Qty of Images:    51 


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The collection of the fruits of the Argania spinosa plant takes place in the months of June and July. The collection takes place when the now dried fruit falls from the plant and is collected from the ground. When harvesting, women pay particular attention not to pick nuts, but only fruits, because fruitless nuts are to be attributed to fruits that have been eaten by goats who are fond of them and who use climbing trees to eat them. The Argan forest, which once covered vast areas of northern Africa, today covers approximately 800,000 hectares in southern Morocco, specifically in the Souss plain, between the cities of Essaouira, Agadir and Taroundant. In 1998 UNESCO declared the argania forest area a biosphere reserve. Here cooperatives of women dedicated to the collection of fruits work, ensuring the protection and reforestation of these plants.



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