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  • Ginseng valued at $350 per pound as harvesting season begins

    09/11/2017 7:10:02 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    WDRB ^ | September 6, 2017 | Katrina Helmer
    HARRISON COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) – Ginseng harvesting season started Sept. 1, and the hunt is on for the wild plant worth hundreds of dollars. Ginseng is used in teas, medicines, energy drinks and supplements. This year, freshly harvested ginseng could fetch $75 to $100 per pound. Once dried, the roots could sell for up to $350 per pound. The price tends to increase toward the end of the season. A few years ago, the value reached upwards of $1,000 per pound.
  • China’s Wild Ginseng Craze Has Spread All the Way to Appalachia

    10/17/2016 4:27:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Real Clear Life ^ | October 17, 2016
    The Far East’s Ginseng root is best known for its medicinal (and aphrodisiacal) qualities. The root, in its natural state, is wildly popular in Asia—but also in short supply. To sate this demand, a black market for wild ginseng has cropped in the most unlikely of places: Appalachia. Currently, the global market for wild ginseng is around $2 billion. Long a staple in China and Korea, the root is finding new popularity in Singapore and Malaysia now, too. Most ginseng is grown in factory-like settings on a mass scale. But wild ginseng is considered more potent and, thus, more expensive....
  • Dozens Arrested, 190 lbs. of Ginseng Seized (Spoiler Alert: NOT A Parody)

    09/27/2014 4:29:58 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 12 replies ^ | 9/19/14 | n/a
    West Virginia natural resources police say they have made 11 arrests and seized 190 pounds of dry ginseng that was illegally harvested according to the Associated Press. The arrests followed a year-long investigation in southern West Virginia. The defendants violated a ginseng digging law because it was harvested out of season. Ginseng digging season begins September 1st in West Virginia.
  • North Korea wants to pay back debt in ginseng (owed to Czech gov)

    07/27/2010 6:55:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 3+ views
    Korea Times ^ | 07/26/10 | Kim Se-jeong
    07-26-2010 18:39 North Korea wants to pay back debt in ginseng By Kim Se-jeong Staff reporter North Korea has offered to pay its debt to the Czech government with ginseng, according to a local Czech daily newspaper. MF DNES, a daily newspaper based in Prague, reported last Saturday that North Korea has recently suggested to the Czech Finance Ministry that it would pay 5 percent of its debt — approximately $500,000 — with ginseng. “We are trying to persuade them (North Korea) to give us, for example a bulk of Zinc instead, so that we could sell it to someone...
  • China blames tainted ginseng injection in 3 deaths 2 days ago

    10/17/2008 1:27:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 405+ views
    AP ^ | 10/15/08
    A ginseng injection contaminated by bacteria caused the deaths of three people using the medicine to treat thrombosis and heart disease, state media reported Tuesday. Tests on samples of an herbal injection showed the product had been "tainted by bacteria," the State Food and Drug Administration and Ministry of Health said in a joint statement issued Tuesday, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
  • Ginseng Can Help Keep You Clear Of Colds, Say Scientists

    10/25/2005 5:37:57 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 899+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-25-2005 | Nic Fleming
    Ginseng can help keep you clear of colds, say scientists By Nic Fleming, Science Correspondent (Filed: 25/10/2005) People who take ginseng suffer substantially fewer colds, research published yesterday showed. Only one in 10 of those given daily doses of North American ginseng root extract suffered two or more colds during four months including winter, compared with almost a quarter of those taking placebos. While a range of health benefits have been claimed for the herb, including combating flu and colds, many previous attempts to test such claims scientifically have been of poor quality. Publication of the research in the Canadian...
  • Biologist says Deer threaten ginseng--Deer get blamed for everything

    02/10/2005 6:16:30 PM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies · 454+ views
    Macon Telegraph ^ | 2-10-05 | VICKI SMITH
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - American ginseng, sister of the Asian wonder herb and a seasonal cash crop in Appalachia, has two obstacles to long-term survival in the United States: Man and deer. That's the conclusion of West Virginia University biologist James McGraw, who says that since humans aren't going anywhere, it's time to do something about the deer. In Friday's edition of Science, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, McGraw says natural, slow-growing ginseng could be extinct within 100 years if deer keep grazing at current rates. He contends there are two ways to ensure its...