How To Grow Ginseng in Hardwood Forest:
Ginseng can be planted in any hardwood forest or backyard that is mostly shade. Plant seeds or roots in the fall from Sept. 1st through February and it will sprout up in the spring. It can grow in any soil except southern Florida. If you live in the USA or Canada and you’re not sure if you can grow it, you can look at the zone map. For American Ginseng, zones 3 through 7 is fine. Zones 2 and 8 are border line. Ginseng will not grow in a open field like corn or soy beans. It needs about 70%-80% shade and rotten leaves makes the perfect place.
Seeds can be planted individually throughout the woods, which is nature’s way. The closer it grows in its natural environment, the more it has the characteristics of wild ginseng. When planted under lath sheds or other artificial shade, the roots are heavier in weight, are shaped differently, and they grow faster. The Chinese do not value the artificial shade grown roots as highly as the natural grown wild ginseng, but the roots being usually twice as heavy means that you get twice as many pounds and it sells for about 1/4 or less of the price per pound of the wild. The plant is the same in either case, but the difference in value comes in how it is grown.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ginseng Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Makes 3 – 4 dozen cookies
- 1 pkg. (18 1/ 4 oz) Devils Food cake mix
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 C vegetable oil
- 1 pkg. (10 oz.) peanut butter chips
- 1/2 to 1 C chocolate chips
- 1 tsp. ginseng powder
- Combine cake mix, eggs, oil, and ginseng. Batter will be stiff.
- Stir in chips.
- Roll into 1” balls.
- Place onto lightly greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly.
- Bake 9-11 minutes.
- Cool one minute. Put on wire rack.