Yet another question! Maybe this one would be best answered by a dealer. How desirable are small but really old roots? I'm finding a lot of 30+ year old plants that have small bulb shaped roots. These really long growth stems probably weigh as much as the rest of root
Not worth as much as big older ginseng. I think that regional prices reflect this. For example, Tennessee ginseng does not bring as high a price as New York or Vermont ginseng. On average those Tennessee roots just arent as big. I am sure there are some exceptions, but we aretalking averages here. From the pics you posted they do look pretty small, but I have no Idea what average Mississippi roots are like to be honest. The long age stems never hurt though....
Miss, 30 is pretty old but not real old. However if you get something real old, 50+, try and sell it alone. There are buyers out there for them despite the size. I've got people messaging me about an oldie every year or two it seems if you post them here. I sold this one for $60 a few years ago. 62 you I think.
I wonder if growing under oak trees had anything to do with the small plant size. Obviously some good soil to produce a root like that. Maya was that on a south facing slope? I hardly ever find oaks growing on north slopes where I live in NY.
Also look on the ground next to the banana! Another 4+ oz root with a big ole top. One of these tops was the one next to the banana. That root grew up into the crevasse on the right. Everything was big in there, plant and root. West facing steep slope in mostly maple and beech, a few oaks.