What the market is really looking for, other than very high ginsitis levels, is appearance. This is where the ginseng roots have split and formed what we call \"figurines\" in the business. Anything that looks like the lower anatomy of a human is a prime ginseng root.
When you run across the extremely rare plant which they call the emperors root that is shaped like a human body, where the arms are pronounced, the legs are pronounced and the male sexual organ is pronounced, that is an emperor ginseng root. Those single individual ginseng roots can bring as much as $ 10,000 (US).
Edit-add - I found a up-close pic of the Glacial Gold Emperor's root.
It does have the male appendage, but it is kind of laid back (probably just dried that way).
I think what one should do if find a emporor's root like that is take care during the drying process to form it, position it so that the arms and legs and penis dry in exactly the shape you want, including that penis being up and out loud and proud.
All kidding aside, if any of us were to find roots that were like the above [some of Billy's come o mind from his pics he posted] then great care should be given to the drying and transporting of same root to market. If I get some of those... I'll treat them like gold!
I agree that it looks like that glacial gold emporer's root could stand some ginseng treatments.
I bet they just found that one already dry. It looks to be quite old, all of the root hairs are gone and well the arms and legs are in OK position, but the (middle leg) is tucked between the legs like a scalded dog's tail.
It really needed to be forced to dry out and move visable, in a more encouraging position
Maya - not sure where (folks like us - diggers or growers) could actually sell a man root or emperor's root.
My only selling so far has been done to local registerd ginseng dealers and I doubt seriously they would offer anything special for a special root like those.
I expect your best bet would be to have a direct connection to a buyer that takes it direct to china or japan.
Of course that would be true of all of your seng.
My son just signed up for Karate lessons a few weeks ago and the folks that run the place are Americans but they have connections to a older fellow from Japan who comes and visits 2-3 times a year.
I am hoping to meet this fellow and kick off some discussions about ginseng, perhaps give him a few nice roots - just as a gift and see where that leads.
Never know - could turn out to be a great connection.