Ginseng is a slow-growing short plant with light colored roots shaped like finders and green oval-shaped leaves. Just like many other plants, ginseng also exist in different varieties including American, Korean, Asian ginseng. Increasing energy levels, reducing stress and fatigue, lowering blood sugars hence helping in control of diabetes are some of the benefits of American and Asian ginseng. It is also believed to reduce levels of cholesterol and help men with fertility issues. In some of the American states, harvesting of ginseng including the wild is prohibited by law. Some states while declaring the harvesting illegal indicated that the wild American ginseng is an endangered species due to the very high demand compared to the supply. To some, even the wild ginseng found in the forest is only harvested by individuals or firms that are licenced.
Ginseng contains medicinal value that helps in control of many health conditions hence the much fame and demand. Ginseng is known to contain a chemical known a ginsenosides; a name given from the mother plant, which gives it the medicinal value for which it is known.
One of the places where the best quality ginseng is grown in America is Wisconsin. The farmers here are known to have a vast experience in growing ginseng with statistics showing that they produce approximately 95% of all ginseng grown in America. Ginseng growing maybe difficult compared to growing other crops due to its reaction to adverse weather conditions such as extreme heat and much cold. Even more, ginseng plants takes a relatively longer time to mature compared to normal plants as it takes on average four years to be harvested. Considering the delicate nature of the ginseng plant, the farmer has to put some extra effort in protecting the plant from excessive heat and cold. Once the roots are harvested, they have to be placed in low temperatures for one to two weeks, later washed and then sorted to remove any unrequired parts. There is a drier used to remove any traces of water from the roots after cleaning and before they are taken to the market.
The final roots are either grounded and sold as powder or as small pieces of the roots that can be dipped in drinking liquids such as tea. It is important to check the logo of Ginseng Board of Wisconsin to ensure that you buy the original ginseng product.Just like in other ordinary companies, customers that want ginseng from the Board of Wisconsin should check out for the company logo when buying the product.