The physical characteristics of Ginseng plant can be said to be a short plant with roots that take the shape of a folk and green leaves that are oval shaped. Just like many other plants, ginseng also exist in different varieties including American, Korean, Asian ginseng. American and Asian ginseng are the most common when it comes to medicinal values, and they are known to help in increasing energy levels, reducing stress and fatigue and lowering blood sugars hence helping in control of diabetes. American and Asian ginseng are also known 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. The overharvesting is feared to cause the extinction of the plant as the demand is high compared to what the land is able to produce. As part of the regulation in some of this states, even the wild ginseng is protected in that only licensed harvesters are allowed to gather ginseng from the forests.
Ginseng contains medicinal value that helps in control of many health conditions hence the much fame and demand. The chemical contained in ginseng known as ginsenosides is known to produce the medicinal value hence making the plant popular.
One of the places where the best quality ginseng is grown in America is Wisconsin. Statistics in America show that 95% of the ginseng produced in America is grown in this city and that the farmers there have a wide range of experience with growing ginseng. 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. During these four years, the farmers have to protect the plants from exposure to excessive sun heat especially during summer and similarly from excessive winter conditions. 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. After the sorting, the roots are cleaned and then dried in a driers that are specially made for that purpose where drying takes about two weeks.
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. Wisconsin ginseng Customers are advised to be vigilant in checking the logo of Ginseng Board of Wisconsin to ensure they buy genuine products.This Ginseng Board of Wisconsin is the trademark to ensure that the ginseng is indeed from company.