I live in California and I have come across some Ginseng that is 75 to 100 years old. I have a few questions and I hope someone can help.
1. Is it legal to harvest Ginseng in California ?
2. When is the best time to harvest ?
3. How hard it is to find a dealer ?
4. best way to dry and store Ginseng ?
. The plants that are on private property and they are about 8 feet tall. It's owned by my best friend, We dug up a root last year that was the size of a football. Hope someone can help me out. Thanks in advance.
That is a pretty incredible find. I believe you would have to provide pictures for anyone to take that question seriously. I'm not sure that you could legally dig and sell ginseng in California.
I don't know how to post pictures but the land has been in the family for over 100 years. My grandfather told me it was there 75 years ago. I will fins someone to post pictures. The plants are over 6 feet tall. We dug up a root last year that was the size of a football when wet. When we dug it up we didn't know for sure what it was until we talked to the family. So for now we left the site alone. I can't find any rules on this stuff for California. I went to our local Ag office and they didn't know anything. I called the State and they told me to contact fish and game. So I am waiting for them to call me back. I hope someone can help me find the rules and reg's for California. Any info would be helpful and I will fins someone to post pictures to help you believe what I am talking about. Thanks
I also did a quick look and I did not see any regulations about ginseng. It is not a native plant to California so the regulations may fall under guide lines that have to do with taking plants out of state to sell. That is where it gets really tricky. California's Game&Fish should have some answers.
I have an email address that you can send the picture to if you have that capability. If you can do that, I'll place the picture on the board and you can get some credible answers. Let me know if you can do that and I'll give you the email addy.