Alongside the highway between Marrakech and Essaouire you’ll find lots of orchards. Those orchards maintain a very special tree; the Argan tree. You can find this tree only in this part of the world. It is a very important tree because it stops erosion and the growing desert. The tree is also economically important because it produces important oil, comparative to olive oil. The oil is made of the kerns of the fruits. The oil is used in cooking and cosmetics. The complete region is economically dependant of this tree.
Very awkward is that goats like the fruits very much and they climb in the trees. On the Internet you’ll find some movies that shows it. This fact is exploited commercially, because some farmers control the tree climbing and let tourists pay for a picture.
Sadly, every year 6000 ha vanishes because of deforestation and too much grazing.
The girth of this tree is not known.