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ginseng prices 5 years 11 months ago #15959

Hey TNhunter,

I just talked to Mr. Brady and your right, he is a nice fella. His price is still 450.00.

Not sure what Im gonna do yet, but if I sell, I will sell to him.

Thanks for that dealer list also.

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Re:ginseng prices 5 years 11 months ago #15960

You are welcome tnhillhugger1.

I have a couple of registered dealers closer than Glen, but they are almost always 20-30-40 bucks lower per pound than Glen is.

I talked to one of them this evening and 420.00 was as high as he could go right now and he said it would have to be good stuff to get that.

My seng hunting buddy is evidently in need of some Christmas cash - he called today wanting to go sell this weekend to Glen for 450.00 price.

I can't make a trip to Pulaski this Saturday, but my buddy is going over there and I may just let him take my seng over and sell it too.

I hate to sell it for that price, but now I sold a lot back in the late 70's and early 80's for 200.00-250.00 per pound.

That 700.00 price we got last year sure was nice.

Perhaps next year will be better - hope so.

Good Luck to You !

TNhunter

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Re:ginseng prices 5 years 11 months ago #15971

TNhunter,

I may drive down tomorrow myself.

I have another question/concern regarding the beat way to clean the seng. I used a soft toothbrush to clean mine. Is this not the best way? (I'd read and heard so much about \"clean\" ginseng...)

Like I said, this was my first year digging, I love being in the woods, usually riding my horse, and the first time I went- I fell in love with it. And being that my husband used to go with his Granddad, he was thrilled that I liked it...he also went with me some.

So he showed me how his GrandDad cleaned his with a soft brush... (that was many years ago though).

Any advise/pointers on this.. I would greatly appreciate.

Thanks,
tnhillhugger1

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Re:ginseng prices 5 years 11 months ago #15972

tnhillhugger1,

On cleaning seng.

If you will just put it in a bowl or something like a 5 gal bucket, and cover with water (when you get back from hunting) and let it soak a little while 15-30 minutes for example.

The dirt that is still stuck to the roots will soften up nicely.

Then you can usually just slosh it around in the bucket a little while and the majority of the dirt will come off.

Past that you can pour the water out and use a hose sprayer to spray it good and that usually takes the rest of the dirt off that needs to leave.

You can also reach in with both hands and grab a big wad of seng roots and gently rub them together. That way seng roots are brushing against other seng roots and that helps to break loose some of that stubborn dirt.

I do find occasionally roots growing in soil that is very dark and stickey and even after doing all of the above some may still look dirty. In cases like that I also have a extra soft tooth brush that I will use to get the stubborn dirt off.

Now some folks go too far at cleaning them up and that can damage the root. You definately don't want to break the root skin, or root hairs off while cleaning so don't get to agressive with the scrubbing if you do use a toothbrush.

The toothbrush is sort of a last resort for me and only on those that have some very stubbone stuck on dirt.

Most of the time the other steps mentioned get them clean enough.

Keep in mind they don't have to be perfectly clean (scrubbed white) - some color left on the roots is desirable, especially when it makes the growth/stress rings on the root show off more.

Hope this helps some.

TNhunter

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Re:ginseng prices 5 years 11 months ago #15973

tnhillhugger1,
Times change and what the buyers in Asia used to want is not what they want anymore. They used to want a little darker dried root with more dirt on them. Now they do not want dirt on them but do not want them scrubbed white either. If you use a soft brush or soft bristled tooth brush it is good to lightly go up and down from top to bottom if they need scrubbed at all. Never go side to side because that will take the dirt out of the rings. The better the rings show the better chance of a better price.

I soaked some this year and did not hit them with a soft brush and they dried too dark which is no problem as I dug them to use for myself. But they wouldn't have been as valuable if I were to have tried to sell them as they would have been if I had lightly brushed them. Just touching them lightly up and down and not across will get them to where they need to be.

Chieftian has a nice pic of his box on the forum topic called \"Dry...Finally\" from about 1 month ago. Those are the color they should look like when dry. Like a light tan/brown. If they are darker brown like chocolate they are too dark and have too much dirt on them.
Latt

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Re:ginseng prices 5 years 11 months ago #15975

Here is a picture of what mine normally look like after doing the washing steps I mentioned earlier (but no toothbrush action at all).

All I did with this batch was let it soak a little, then sloshed them around in the bucket, grabbed some handfulls and rubbed them gently together, sprayed them off.

No real scrubbing at all and no toothbrush.

Notice how they are clean to the point that the majority of the dirt is gone, but there is still some dirt (just a little, not too much) left in the stress rings.

That is what I look for when cleaning them, when they get to that point I stop.

Once they dry, they are just golden brown but that lil bit of dirt in the stress rings makes those show off a little more.

PS - those were some nice fat bluby roots !

TNhunter

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Re:ginseng prices 5 years 11 months ago #15978

TNHUNTER , NOW THAT IS SOME NICE SENG, BET IT WAS KNEE TALL, NOT ALOT OF THAT KIND LEFT, YEAH I WASH MY SENG SAME WAY/ HAVE FOR YEARS,

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Re:ginseng prices 5 years 11 months ago #15979

Guys, NEVER use a brush!

Do what TNHunter said, drop them in a pan of water for five minutes or so and just shake the roots as you pull them from the water. That is all the cleaning that should be necessary. If there are obvious clumps of dirt, just wipe them gently with your finger in the water and it will come right off.

Remember, the ideal root is big, corky, and dark in skin color with NO damage. So be very careful how you handle them.

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Re:ginseng prices 5 years 11 months ago #15981

OK my bad, don't use a brush. I soaked mine for 2 hours and sprayed them and they were still too dark. Everyone has there own opinion but mine would have been way too dark. One large grower said they handle and touch every root. Soaking does it most of the time but sometimes they need lightly touched. But what ever floats your boat.

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Re:ginseng prices 5 years 11 months ago #15984

If we only had a \"just ask castle\" section here in the forum.
That way, we'll always get the right answer and avoid the confusion.

Hillhopper

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