Well,as BCastle has indicated in his post the market is raising quickly early in this season. my price for green root is now up to $130 and even a little better for really good quality lots of wild ginseng. I still don't want to quote a price for dry as that is still a little too far away, but believe we will be looking at $500 or better.
I have to agree...those are just too clean. I have a set of instructions on my site with pictures of how to properly wash your roots and what they should look like when you are finished.
Basically, just drop them in a pan of water for about five minutes and swish them around with your hand individually. Rub off any stuborn spots of dirt with your finger. Never use presure streams of water or a brush. Ever.
Most of that looks pretty good otherwise. Mostly the size and character is very nice. The chunky stuff in the individual pictures is what I really need to see. On top of that size and charachter, we need to see darker skin preferably. This is mostly a product of the soil the roots grow in, but also to some extent the way they are washed and then conditioned before drying.
The stuff there on the bottom left looks like really small ginseng roots ...almost like seedlings. Please tell me those aren't dug roots!
Some of the stuff in that picture are in my opinion too small to have dug. A couple at 12 oclock, the long slender one at 5 oclock and the smaller one at 6 oclock would be better left in the ground making seed until they are larger. You could prolly still replant them if you wanted to do so.
I particularly like the root in the fourth picture. That is the type of root I like to see coming from your part of the state. If that were a little darker, not washed so clean, I'd pay a premium for a collection substantially like that.
The thing I like is that you seem to have taken the time to be sure you did not damage the roots while digging them. That is very important.
george shaw is currently paying $125 a pound wet or maybe more depending on the quality of the roots and where they was dug i sold to him last year he lives in hamilton county oh his number is 513-255-7905 give him a call he is my main dealer he always gives me good price....
also I wanted to mention,....no offense to any one else, when I asked castle specifically, I know there are a lot of experienced buyers and diggers here. I just saw that he was a buyer in Ohio, where I am at
PAYING TOP MARKET PRICES FOR GINSENG, THOUSANDS OF HAPPY DIGGERS LEAVE MY SHOP EVERY YEAR. GIVE US A CALL. SOUTHEAST OHIO. BEEN IN THE BUSINESS OVER 40 YEARS, YOU DONT DO THAT BY ACCIDENT.
So far the Ohio market seems to be holding steady. I'll open this week at $500/lb dry. Quality always receives special attention over quantity. I'll buy fresh or dry at going competitive market prices. 419.651.8158