Raw Chocolate Raw chocolate first made an appearance in Europe only very recently (some original pioneers of the raw food movement first introduced raw chocolate to the UK as recently as 2003) and although chocolate per se has been in existence as part of the Mayan and Aztec cultures since time began (200BC), it was only ever consumed in its cooked form. It was often given as a hot drink to soldiers on their way to war. So the Mayans and Aztecs would have known about chocolate's unique powers and health benefits even then.
Argan oil has a long tradition of use in the Berber tribe of Morocco who extract the oil from the seed of the fruit of of the evergreen Argan tree (Argania spinosa) also known as the Moroccon Ironwood or more popularly, the Tree of Life for its many properties and uses.. Its life span is said to be anywhere between 125 to 450 years and the tree may not come into full production until it is at least 40-60 years old. The tree grows mainly in the southwestern regions of Morocco (and found sparsely in Algeria and Israel) but due to its popularity in the West, the oil from this tree has become almost synonymous with Morocco. So what is so special about Argan oil? There are essentially 3 categories for which argan oil is sought after for: