What is Wild-Simulated American Ginseng?
We grow ginseng in hardwood forests under natural tree shading. Wild-simulated American ginseng is known for its superior ginsenoside potency and nutrient concentration. Our wild-simulated American ginseng is organic and has the advantage of being free of pesticides, which are common in cultivated and woods grown ginseng. Below is a brief summary what wild-simulated ginseng is:
Ginseng seeds are sown in suitable wild locations and left to grow on their own. The land is not tilled and no fertilizers, herbicides, or fungicides are used. Our wild-simulated ginseng grows naturally within its natural habitat conditions. Our wild-simulated ginseng has nearly the same quality and value as wild-harvested plants
Commercial, field-grown ginseng is not cultivated sustainably and is of inferior quality.
American ginseng is listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), an international treaty signed by the United States (CITES Secretariat n.d.).
CITES Appendix II regulates trade of species that may become endangered as a result of commerce. TheFWS administers CITES in theUnited States (50 CFR § 23 United States Fish and Wildlife Service Department of the Interior 2007). Because wild and wild-simulated ginsengs are often indistinguishable, the FWS regulates them both as wild ginseng
Why Grow Wild-Simulated Ginseng?
We grow sustainably as naturally as possible, offering efficacious wild-simulated ginseng. Our goal is to grow the highest quality herbs with the best medicinal value possible for our consumers. We set our headquarter at Catskill mountain because American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius): native to the Catskills, Catskill mountain wild ginseng is the best wild American Ginseng at world.
The greatest problem associated with intensely cultivated ginseng is disease, including alternaria blight, damping off and phytophthora. Any disease outbreaks severely threaten ginseng under intense cultivation because the plants are so close together that the disease can spread quickly through the entire bed. This intense fungus disease pressure forces artificial shade growers to use a vigorous fungicide spray schedule to prevent losses. China now has the highest production of cultivated American ginseng. While the effects of pollution and environmental deterioration in Asia are a matter of great concern,it is impossible for China to
grow wild-simulated ginseng.
The Chinese people prefer wild ginseng over cultivated because they believe that the slower-growing wild roots, which are harvested at an older age, absorb more curative power from the forest floor. In fact, the wild root contains more ginsenosides and nutrients at higher concentration levels. Ginseng’s high value and usage in traditional Chinese medicine ensures that demand for it will continue grow.
In many areas, wild American Ginseng populations have declined drastically. By replanting in such areas, we grow wild-simulated ginseng to ensure a future for these exploited populations
Wild-Simulated vs Cultivated Ginseng
In the wild simulated technique, ginseng is grown in a forest environment to utilize the natural shade provided by the forest canopy. This method is done almost exclusively with seeds, which are planted deep in untilled soils to mimic the stressful soil conditions that produce the extremely valuable gnarled roots of truly wild ginseng. The land is not tilled and no fertilizers,no herbicides or fungicides are sued, our wild-simulated ginseng has nearly the same quality and value as wild harvested plants.
It can be easy to tell the difference between wild and cultivated roots. The wild roots are dark tan in color, gnarled in appearance and show many concentric growth rings. Wild roots are generally small in size and light in weight. The cultivated roots are cream colored, smooth and fat, and exhibit few concentric growth rings. Cultivated roots are cream colored, smooth, and often large and heavy with few concentric growth rings.
Field Cultivated Ginseng
In the field cultivated technique, ginseng is grown under artificial shade provided by polypropyleneshade cloth or wooden lathe. Seeds are planted in four to six foot wide raised beds of cultivated fields. Rotations lengths of three to four years are typical and yield a high volume of lower quality roots that resemble carrots.With recent prices for field cultivated ginseng on the global market, the cost of production is approaching expected revenues and necessitates high density plantings with short crop rotations. Aggressive pest and pathogen management is essential with field cultivated.
A field of cultivated ginseng. Photograph by B. Beyfuss.
Cultivated ginseng roots are cream colored, often large, and exhibit few concentric growth rings.
A field of cultivated ginseng. Photograph by B. Beyfuss.
Wild-Simulated American Ginseng vs Chinese Ginseng
The difference between Asian and American ginseng is chemical rather than physical. They look very similar when growing but differ in the proportion of active compounds. Asian ginseng is known as a “hot” herb, which can boost energy; American ginseng is a “mild warming” herb that can reduce stress, treat insomnia, fatigue and heart problem, recent studies suggest American ginseng may slow brain-cell loss and boost the immune system. Researchers are studying the plant for treatments of diabetes, Parkinson’s and other conditions. Laboratory studies in animals have found that American Ginseng is effective in boosting the immune system, and as an antioxidant. Other studies show that American ginseng might have therapeutic potential for inflammatory disease.