That looks a lot more like the seng I find around here, especially in that rocky, rock chip filled soil around the bottom of bluffs or in just rocky/sandy type soil.
If I had the choice of eating those smaller chunky roots, or those two big monster roots you showed.. I wowuld pick the smaller chunky roots any day.
I actually go thru my seng pile and pick out the smallest chunky roots with 20+ flats on the root neck for myself to keep and eat.
I think they are extra potent. The fact that they never got big, but lived a long life, tells me they had to struggle, but they made it anyway. That is a good quality to have in a seng root to eat if you ask me.
The first day went well with ole Caleb finding the largest 4 prong top and the largest root that he has found in his young ginseng life Caleb has senged for 5 years now since he was 8 and he has done good even taking out the old man once but he had never found that llusive big root seemed he couldnt get above 3/4 to 1 oz roots I kept telling him Son look higher all the time search low but never fail to look high before your next step,well it worked I herd him howl like a wolf berherheehrh and squal I got him dad I got him lol well i went to see and sure enough he found a 2 ounce beautiful old 4 prong of Ginseng and in the pouring rain to,