What is Ginseng?

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One of the most popular herbal remedies in the world today, but what is it? Learn about those who hunt this prized plant on Filthy Riches.

•    A growing demand for ginseng has resulted in an increase in illegal ginseng hunting.

•    In Kentucky, you can legally harvest wild ginseng from September 1 to December 1.

•    You can tell the age of a ginseng root by the number of prongs or the number of stem scars.

•    Most of the American ginseng exported from the U.S. goes to Hong Kong.

•    Middlesboro is the only city in the U.S. to be built in a meteorite crater.

•    The name for the Appalachian Mountains comes from the Apalachee Indians.

•    The U.S. began to harvest wild ginseng for international trade in the mid-1700s.

•    The word Ginseng comes from the Chinese term rénshen meaning man-root.

•    In 1788, Daniel Boone harvested about 30,000 pounds of wild Ginseng.

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