On one hand I hate digging small roots, always love finding those monster plants, but on the other hand I do like the small, older roots to keep and eat on. They seem to be much more potent than the larger ones. What I found interesting is that the green 3 prong, that looked like it was only a 5-7 year old plant, is the one that had the 32 year old root attached. Funny how the tops can fool you sometimes.
Thanks TN, sorry to hear it may be over for you. I got out again yesterday evening and dug about 4-5 ounces of good, old, bulby roots. Most around 12-20 years old. It's not much but still fun just being in the woods for a while. I found some small patches yesterday where there would be 1-2 yellow ones laying on the ground and one green as can be standing straight up right beside them.
Some small ones I found yesterday that I'm gonna let grow a few more years. I found it interesting that some were yellow and laying down with one green as can be and standing strong all right beside each other.