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A Tough Nut to Crack: Evaluating Alternative Argan Nut Cracking Methods for Kibbutz Ketura Public

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The Kibbutz Ketura community located in Israel’s Negev desert is working to supplement their date orchards with argan trees. To produce argan oil, kernels are extracted from the argan nut. The nut cracking machine at Kibbutz Ketura cannot reliably crack large argan nuts, pulverizing nut kernels, rendering them unusable for oil production. We explored argan nut preprocessing techniques such as soaking and pressure cooking to improve kernel yield from large nuts.

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  • 05/03/2021
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  • E-project-031721-130125
  • 5856
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  • 2021
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UN Sustainable Development Goals
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  • 2021-03-17
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