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Ginseng's Value Extends Far Beyond Just Money


Last updated 6/24/2019 at 12:19pm

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced late this May that applications for the ginseng harvest lottery would be taken from June 10 to July 12 for the 2019 season.

A lucky eight diggers will have the legal permission come Sept. 1 to harvest ginseng within the Pisgah Ranger District for a short, two-week harvesting period.

A permit will allow a person to harvest 1 to 3 wet pounds of wild ginseng, the most valuable wild medicinal herb found in the forests, according to Gary Kauffman, USFS botanist and ginseng expert.

The permit lottery was implemented in 2013 after the USFS saw ginseng p...

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