rootman the root is wild and wild roots grow mutch bigger than that there where sevral other nice roots with it in the weight size of 1 1/2 to 3 ounces and sevral other 4`s and 3`s and that root is already sold a customer is waiting and as soon as i have it certified i will ship it,and all of that ginseng was wild ginseng in that patch it was a blessing for two of our friends actualy as they found the old patch together and shared the bounty congrats to them in the most and we do know the difference over here in cultivated or wild,thank you.
Your friends root would probably make good seed stock but would never sell as wild.
To big and smooth.
\"Never sell as wild as it is too big and smooth\"???!!!
I agree with you Billy because I have dug roots much bigger than that one and some of their' root stems were as smooth as a baby's behind. It all depends on the soil conditions and moisture. If the ground is fairly loose where the root's stems are growing and loaded with nutrients and enough moisture, they will often come out looking this way. I once dug a monster 4 pronger off of a small island of dirt where the creek went around both sides and not only was it as smooth as your friend's 6.73 ounce root, half of it (the upper portion and bud) was above ground and that half was almost white.
You know what guys I have found so many roots and so many big 4 prongs in my life I have no idea how many and every season i always find 1 to sevral 2 ounce roots and often I find a 2 1/2 ounce up to 3 ounce root and sevral times I have been over 3 ounces,and a few times 4 ounces,but I have never found a wild ginseng root that was 5 ounces or over
I know where one monster 4 prong is that I have mentioned on this site before that is a monster and I know the root curl is larger than any other one that I have found I have peeked at him,but I will not dig this one untill I am sure that I can not return to where he is again and then if not before then I know I will break that 5 ounce plus root that I have always wanted to break,who knows maybe I will before then,but if not I am sure that this root is well over my four ounce longed for find.
I always congratulate any one who finds those big roots.Being in the area I am from I have saw many roots over 4 ounces up to 12 ounces but every time that I have ever saw a root over 5 ounces it is not as the root from 3 ounces down,when they get that big they simply do not retain there wildest look now that is something that I have not studyed any to find out or to know why,but I just know by exsperience that I am right when a wild root gets so big it will not look as wild as it did,but there is no doubght that when you find a root in the complete wild where there has never been any one planting or cultivating then it is a wild root no matter if it retained that great look of the smaller roots or not,but I would love to know why not that has always interested me.
Billy I agree that the larger roots do have a cultivated look kinda potato/carrot texture. In my neck of the woods anything over 1 ounce will make me rally smile:). Back in 1985 my dad dug a 6.5 ounce root it is the biggest root I ever held in my hand:woohoo: we used to sell to a herb dealer in Nashville TN called Block Brothers (jewish owners) back then they were the only game in town, they are out of buisiness now. When we went to sell or seng that year the guy buying it saw this huge root and swore it had to be tame, my dad insisted it was wild and finally the owner came out of the office and looked the root over and told the worker that it was wild and to go ahead and buy it, he said it was common for the very large roots to look this way. After they bought the root they put it up on the wall behind the counter with some other big roots they had bought in the past, it was the biggest one up there. I remember seeing that root every year when we would go to sell our seng.