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Korean Ginseng

Submitted by on October 27, 2010 – 8:43 pm2 Comments | 10,236 views

Ingredient Name: Ginseng, Korean ginseng, panax ginseng

Traditional Chinese Name: 高麗參 (gāo lì cān)

One of the more expensive breeds of ginseng available on the market, it is usually recommended for consumption during confinement.  There are many types, sizes, makes, and species of ginseng available on the market and while they don’t smell fragrant in a beautiful way (to me at least), I don’t mind drinking it once in awhile.

What is this?
  • The red type of ginseng that has a surface color of reddish brown to dark brown
  • This type of ginseng varies from 7-16 cm in length and look like root with multiple legs
  • The cross section of Korean ginseng often represents that of a tree (with circular rings) in multiple colors (see pictured above)
  • Ginseng is used in Chinese herbal medicine, soups, stews, stuffed in foods, as tablets, in skin care products, teas, desserts and many other uses

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse in warm water before usage

Where can I buy this?

  • High quality Korean ginseng can be purchased from your local herbalist
  • It is sometimes also available in Asian supermarkets

What is the cost?

  • The cost of Korean ginseng varies depending on the size, age and rarity of the Ginseng species

Any benefits?

  • Ginseng is said to promote blood circulation, prevent fatigue and strengthen the body’s immune system
  • This type of ginseng is warming, especially when added to soups and stews

Any precautions?

  • Not recommended for people with weak stomachs
  • Use in moderation
  • Be sure to purchase ginseng from a reputable source as there are often replicas and lower grade ginseng sold at a higher price

Additional Information

  • Store in a dry and cool place
  • Ginseng can be stored for many years

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  • hongkongguy says:

    Wonderful site. I just wanted to point out that your pinyin for Korean Ginseng is incorrect. Probably an automated program that did the pinyin conversion for you, because as you are well aware, 參 is a word with multiple pronunciations. In this incarnation, its pinyin should be shen1 rather than can1.

  • James says:

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