Last year’s Ginseng crop brought $5.5 million into the state.
“The miners use that ginseng to pay bills, give them a Christmas, and that kind of stuff,” said West Virginia Division of Forestry’s Ginseng Coordinator, Robin Black. “So in southern coalfields, that’s big extra money that they can get during a small time period.”
But can ginseng play a more significant role in our economy? To answer that question, we have to understand some of the driving economic factors – the most important being that the most valuable ginseng roots are those that grow in Appalachian forests.
Hear the full story at wvpublic.org/post/can-ginseng-help-diversify-wvas-economy-part-i