This is a nice big root my cousin dug in 2001. It weighed 11oz! I know it is personally one of the heaviest roots I have seen before. He decided to keep it in vodka all these years. I am glad he finally got a picture and sent it to me so I could share with everyone.
My cousin who taught me how to hunt ginseng always talks about when she was a little girl back in the 60'S. The old guy who taught her had dug up a root many years before down in Saxton PA, and it had over 100 small roots coming off of it. She saw a picture back then, and said it looked like he was holding a hornets nest it was so big. Took him hours to dig it out carefully without hurting it. She always says she wishes she could see that picture again.