Ginseng is one of the most popular Chinese herbs in the world and if you live in China, it is one of the most popular ways to promote health and virility.
But why does most of the American ginseng get exported to China and Korea?
Asian cultures have been using ginseng for thousands of years and place a high value on the American grown variety. Amazing, but true, China has been importing American ginseng for nearly 100 years since it was first discovered in the Northern mid-western region. In fact, Wisconsin's most valuable export has nothing to do with the dairy industry, or corn or wheat. It's all about the ginseng production every year.
Wisconsin is producing 95 percent of America's ginseng. U.S. demand for ginseng is still very low and the best price can be fetched in Asia.
Good to know we have at least one export that China wants from us. Wisconsin governor Walker is in China this week and a deal with Tong Ren Tong, the oldest continually operated Chinese herb store in China has just been signed to export Wisconsin grown ginseng. Maybe one day soon Americans will learn the value of this incredibly powerful herb.