Ginseng is one of the most interesting and unique herbs in the world, and easy to find with a few things in mind. Touted by natural health practitioners for its myriad of supposed health benefits, it has become a staple ingredient in alternative medicine over the years. While the majority of the world’s supply of ginseng is cultivated commercially, the herb continues to grow in the wild. Those who have a keen eye will find a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction in hunting for wild ginseng.
Wild ginseng tends to thrive in areas that receive a great deal of sunshine during the early morning. As a result, hillsides that face either north or east will be more apt to harbor wild ginseng than those facing south or west. You can dramatically increase your chances of finding ginseng by scouring the former and avoiding the latter.
Ginseng tends to grow in areas where plants of similar habitat can be found. There are a variety of plants such as stinging nettle and ferns that thrive in the same conditions as ginseng. By keeping an eye out for these easily recognizable plants, you will be more likely to stumble upon wild ginseng. Keep in mind also that if you do find ginseng, there is likely to be more in the same area. Never leave an area after finding just one plant.
Since ginseng is often found on hills, it is important to scour the area completely. Always start at the very bottom of the hill and work your way up in a zigzagging pattern. Ginseng often grows in areas where vegetation is thick, and can also be found in depressions that might otherwise be overlooked. Make sure to search around fallen trees as well, which quite often serve as excellent habitats for wild ginseng.