怎样挑选西洋参 How to Select Ginseng ?

i) By Age

The age of the ginseng is determined by the number of nodes or rings in the head area of the ginseng. The age of the ginseng increases as the number of nodes or rings increase.

ii) By Root Condition and General Appearance

Discolouration in the root area of the ginseng (see first picture on the left) indicates sick roots and an inferior quality ginseng. A healthy or good quality ginseng would not have any discolouration in the root area (see picture in the middle). The general appearance (i.e. the skin condition) of the ginseng is not an indicator of health. Ginseng with scratched skin but no root discolouration (see picture on the right) is still a healthy ginseng.

Bad Roots -
Ring is Discoloured
Good Roots -
Ring is White and Clean
Scratched Skin but Healthy

iii) Not Genuine North American Ginseng

  • Left Image - A group of almost identical molded roots.
  • Middle Image - Chinese Roots - Chinese ginseng farmers traditionally cut off the ginseng head while Ontario ginseng farmers do not.
  • Right Image - Ontario Ginseng - the ginseng head is never cut off.
Molded Root -
Created From a Mold
Precut Head Ontario Ginseng -
Natural Head
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