NZ Lifestyle Block

Why only 3 people can dig up Glen’s ginseng

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Ginseng is a perennial, so the roots will keep growing for as long as it's in the ground. Forest-grown plants are at least seven years old before the root is harvested. Plants aged 12-18 years of age resemble the wild type and attract premium prices.

It's a slow, careful harvest. It can take an hour to extract one root from deep in the ground, and it can't be damaged. So far, only three people are trained to dig up Glen's crops.

Harvesting takes place from March until June.

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