Why Choose Canada Grown American Ginseng?
Canada is currently the largest producer of American ginseng in the world. The majority of production is in the Simcoe area of Ontario. Since the 18th century, Ontario ginseng has been primarily exported to China where it is highly valued for its perceived superior quality and sweeter taste. Today, about 3,000 ton of Canadian ginseng roots are exported to China and other Asian markets annually.
Canada's clean water and minimal pollution help to ensure the superior quality of American ginseng. Ongoing agronomic research enables growers to use biological controls. Recent disease control research has led to the identification of products that will not only reduce the risk of plant disease in Canadian grown American ginseng, but will reduce the environmental risk as well, ensuring agriculture is sustainable in the future.
Ginseng root is harvested after three or four years, then cleaned, dried and stored in barrels until it is sold. Harvesting has improved enormously with mechanical harvesters, allowing hand sorting on the machines that separates the roots. Much of the ginseng production process, however, is still labor-intensive.