What is argan oil?
If you're a foodie with a particular preference for nuts and honey, you'll surely love the Moroccan Amlou since it's a well-blended combination of just the good stuff – enough to bring you comfort after a stressful day.
For starters, the Amlou is a distinctively Moroccan spread similar to peanut butter, also brown and has a thick consistency, and is made of ground roasted almonds, argan oil, and honey. With argan oil endemically produced in Morocco, the Amlou can be considered a specialty, and it is used as a dip for their pastries and pancakes.
Going Nuts for the Nutty Taste
Although the Amlou is still not as famous as peanut butter or Nutella, the demand slowly grows in the world market, and it springs out from the people who have tasted it for themselves. It's difficult not to give in to its nutty creamy taste, especially when it's crafted from organic ingredients.
In fact, some combinations include a bit of cinnamon for a holiday feel and a bit more sugar for a more sweetened blend. Chocolate varieties can also be added into the mix, and some gourmet combinations include hazelnut and peanuts. This is most commonly used as a spread for bread, baghrir, and msemen but can be a dip for scones and hershas.A Love to Last
For a spread that is organic and contains no preservatives, the Amlou can actually last for up to 2 months as long as it is stored in a tightly sealed container placed in a cool dry place. One thing that makes it sought-after by locals and foreigners alike is how you can't get tired of the taste, unlike some sweetened spreads. It can almost be considered a staple partner for bread and other Moroccan pastries.
Its rich nutty taste is natural, aromatic, and doesn't overwhelm the senses, so it doesn't need an "acquired taste" for it. This can be attributed to how almond has a neutral bland taste, so the richness is a product of the well-crafted combination. People who try it for the first time usually love it and would crave for it over time.Made from the Heart
Another thing that can increase your love for the Amlou is how the history of its production can be traced from the hard work and creativity of Moroccan Berber women who spend entire days preparing them by hand as a way to help sustain their family. As a product of perseverance and empowerment, the Amlou is indeed a treat that can uplift your spirit.