Ever since the 1800s, central Wisconsin has served as the center of the U.S. cultivated ginseng trade. Today, the 200 Wisconsin Ginseng farmers account for 95 percent of the nation’s total cultivated ginseng production . These Wisconsin farmers produce enough ginseng to account for up to $20 million in gross income for the state.
Wisconsin Ginseng is known worldwide as the purest, highest quality ginseng. Panax quinquefolius, better known as American Ginseng, is a white root with medicinal properties known to relieve stress, increase stamina and increase resistance to common illnesses such as colds. This type of ginseng is an adaptogen, a substance that helps the body adapt to stress, and is generally used to cool and soothe the body. Ginseng is a key ingredient used in traditional Chinese Medicine and is also widely used in Western cultures as a dietary supplement and botanical element.
Wisconsin has the ideal climate and mineral-rich soil conditions for growing the perfect ginseng root. Producers in Wisconsin also have generations of growing experience. Their hard work and advanced farming practices produce the world’s highest quality cultivated ginseng. These farmers follow the country’s strict pesticide usage standards and have satisfied rigorous safety tests established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Recently, the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin has worked extensively to develop U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grading standards for cultivated American ginseng to assure the marketplace of consistency in ginseng is produced.
In 1991, the Wisconsin Ginseng Seal® was developed to protect the integrity of Wisconsin Ginseng products. This trademark provides consumers with a simple, convenient method of identifying authentic Wisconsin Ginseng at the point of purchase. Packaged products bearing the official seal must contain 100 percent pure ginseng, grown and harvested in Wisconsin.
If you would like to learn more about Wisconsin’s ginseng industry, contact the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin!