As mentioned in our earlier post on the AMLOU dressing we used in our vegetable sushi roll, this super rare and extremely healthy paste is a treasure we found in our recent wedding anniversary trip to Morocco. Amlou is a chunky paste which some people have compared to tahini or peanut butter. It is made with argan oil, almonds or peanuts, and sometimes honey or sugar. The food is popular among the Berbers, native to the region of Morocco which produces argan oil.
It comes from the argan tree, a gnarled tree which flourishes in the arid and difficult conditions of Morocco. The tree yields drupes, seeds covered in a thick fleshy coating which must be removed before they can be cracked and pressed for argan oil. The oil has both culinary and cosmetic uses, since it is rich in vitamins and minerals. Taken straight, argan oil has a nutty aroma and flavor which reminds some people of hazelnuts.
Throughout our 10 day trip, we had berber bread (best in the world and better than french bread we say!) with argan oil, olive oil and amlou! We visited shops where ladies were making them from scratch out of the nuts and grinding them by hand. We even went for an argan oil massage which was so relaxing and good. For every meal, we had a pretty fix choice of either vegetable/meat cous cous or vegetable/meat tagine with bread. And every meal came with a super sweet mint tea which we often ask them to omit.
Each bottle cost about $25-$35 singapore dollars. It’s definitely not cheap at all but it’s worth every penny to us as it’s hard to find this anywhere else in the world. We’re savouring every last drop of it until we find an online shop that sells genuine good quality argan oil from Morocco. Tasting it this evening reminded us of our recent trip where we met the cutest animals and was closest to mother nature. Scroll on if you will like a visual feast of what we did and saw!
Visting makeshift village markets and buying fresh grown olives and mandarin oranges along our journey. Stopping at commercial big olive oil making companies and traditional olive oil farms using old style techniques with their mules.