Ginseng, Korean ginseng, panax ginseng, ren shen,
Traditional Chinese Name:
高麗參 (gāo lì shen)
Taste: sweet and bitter
Benefits: For Qi deficiency, targeting the heart, lungs, and spleen
The Korean ginseng is quite opposite and different from the American ginseng. The Korean ginseng is warm compared to it’s cooling American ginseng, and are often harvested between 4-7 years of growth. This is what makes them as expensive as they are!
One of the more expensive breeds of ginseng available on the market, it is usually recommended for consumption during confinement.
This ginseng leaves a beautiful slightly sweet aftertaste in the throat and mouth that does linger with golden bitter tones.
You can consume ginseng in soups, stews, or as teas and are often paired nicely with chicken and minimal herbs and vegetables to really preserve the delicious taste of the ginseng.
How do I prepare it?
- If you’re using fresh ginseng root, soak in warm water and wash gently under running water, taking care not to break the roots. This will help remove any leftover debris or dirt.
- If you’re using dried ginseng, this can usually be used directly as is.
Where can I buy it and cost?
- You can buy Korean ginseng fresh in supermarkets in Asia
- You can also buy dried Korean ginseng in dry herbalists and wet marts as well as Chinese medicine shops
- The cost range of Korean ginseng varies depending on age, size, and origin
- The Korean ginseng is warming and strongly helps with Qi deficiency
- It will improve blood flow and circulation, allowing increased healing in the body
- This herb supports fatigue, restlessness, and a weak pulse, strengthening the heart and calming the spirit
- It is also ideal if you’ve got a weak or lost appetite
- Korean ginseng can be used in post partum recipes
- Take caution to consume this if you’re got excess heat or yin deficiency (because it’s heaty)
- As it helps with increase of blood flow and circulation, those with high blood pressure should avoid this herb
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