Argan oil is often thought of as a cosmetic product. But did you know that you can also use argan oil in the kitchen? Culinary argan oil gives a delicious and refined taste to dishes. The applications in the kitchen are unlimited, because argan oil also enhances the taste of basic ingredients and basic dishes.
Like cosmetic argan oil, culinary argan oil is 100% pure and organic. The production process of culinary argan oil is just a little bit different than that of cosmetic argan oil. To produce tasty culinary argan oil, the seeds contained in the argan fruit are roasted. Only then are they ground and cold pressed. Thanks to the one-off cold pressing, the nutritional values are optimally preserved.
Argan oil is not only very tasty, but also very healthy. In fact, culinary argan oil is said to be one of the healthiest, nutritious oils in existence. Culinary argan oil is packed with vitamin E and has a high content of unsaturated omega fatty acids, including linoleic and alpha linolenic acids. In addition, the oil contains potassium and magnesium. The presence of these minerals also has a positive effect on health.
Scientifically proven health benefits
Scientific research has shown that consuming argan oil regularly has many health benefits. Consuming two teaspoons of argan oil per day can result in improved health after just one month.
- Strengthens the natural defense mechanism;
- Eliminates harmful free radicals;
- Significantly lowers cholesterol levels;
- Has an anti-inflammatory effect and strengthens the immune system;
- Prevents arteriosclerosis;
- Stimulates and improves general circulation;
- Revitaliseert cellen in het lichaam;
- Can help prevent diabetes;
- Has anti-cancer properties;
- Can help prevent cardiovascular disease;
- Provides relief from rheumatism and arthritis.
Roasting the argan seeds provides a stronger, nutty aroma and flavor to the argan oil. It also gives the oil a slightly dark color. Culinary argan oil is clear, but it can cloud when exposed to light and heat. Preferably store culinary argan oil in a dark and cool place.
Unlike most vegetable oils, argan oil is not suitable for baking and frying. This is because argan oil is high in polyunsaturated fats, including linoleic acid and alpha linolenic acid. At a temperature of more than 60 degrees, the active substances of these healthy fatty acids are lost. Also, a high temperature is not conducive to the aroma and taste of culinary argan oil.
Culinary argan oil cannot withstand high temperatures, but don’t let that get in the way of using this delicious oil in the kitchen. Culinary argan oil is a true flavor enhancer for many traditional dishes. You can think of cold dishes such as salads, but you can also add argan oil to hot dishes at the last minute. It is also possible to use argan oil in dishes that are steamed.
Argan oil has been indispensable in Moroccan cuisine for centuries. The oil is even consumed pure. Argan oil is a popular addition, especially in many traditional dishes. And that is not for nothing. The nutty flavor makes this oil very suitable as a refined seasoning.
Argan oil gives a rich flavor to salads. Try it in a Moroccan beetroot salad. Argan oil is also a welcome addition to dressings.
The nutty flavor of argan oil also goes well with fish dishes. Note: the taste, smell and nutritional values of argan oil are lost at a temperature higher than 60 degrees. Therefore, only add the argan oil to the pan as soon as the fish is cooked, then immediately remove the oil from the pan and enjoy.
A typical Moroccan dish is of course the tagine. The dish is named after the cone-shaped earthenware stew. This cone-shaped lid ensures good air circulation. Put the stew on a very low heat and cook vegetables such as tomato, zucchini and eggplant, for example. Adding a few drops of argan oil already ensures a delicious taste. You can also add the argan oil to couscous.
In addition, argan oil tastes good in the yogurt. Add some honey if necessary.
Amlou should certainly not be missing from this list. Amlou is a traditional Moroccan dish based on argan oil, honey and almonds. This dish is delicious as a dip.