If you’re looking for a last-minute hostess gift or something to impress a food-obsessed friend, consider wrapping up a bottle of ARGAND’OR Argan Oil. This organic gourmet oil, which offers twice the anti-oxidants of olive oil and has a distinct, nutty flavor, is hand-crafted in Morocco by a group of Berber women and has recently acquired something of a cult status.
While it used to be hard to find outside of Morocco or Europe, where it has been touted for its restorative and age-defying effects, of late, argan oil has become increasingly more available around the world. Savvy chefs and cooks are now incorporating the rich, tasteful oil into all manner of sophisticated dishes.
Here in Milwaukee, ARGAND’OR Argan Oil is available at Outpost, Future Green, Larry’s Market and Fair Trade for All. Be warned that although its price ($40 - $50 USD for 500ml) may seem high compared to other oils, a little argan oil goes a long way and it is certainly one of those products that any foodie would be delighted to have on their shelf.
Recipe for Arugula Salad with Feta and Argan Oil
3 ounces arugula leaves
3 ounces feta cheese (any type okay, but goat cheese feta is especially good)
3 tbsp. Argan oil
Coarse ground pepper
Preparation: Dice feta cheese. Drizzle 2 tbsp. Argan oil on top of diced or crumbled cheese. Let feta cheese sit for 5 minutes. Mix arugula and feta cheese in mixing bowl. Stir in remaining Argan oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
Recipe courtesy of the World Artisan’s Guild. For more recipes or additional information about ARGAND’OR Argan Oil, visit their website, www.worldartisanguild.com.