Botanicals

Information on botanical forest products, including tips on cultivating and harvesting ginseng, forest moss and goldenseal.

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Ginseng fruit. Photo by Eric Burkhart
History and Cultivation of Ginseng - Articles Articles

History and Cultivation of Ginseng

Michael Jacobson, Ph.D., Eric Burkhart

Learn the types of ginseng and how to to harvest legally in the state of Pennsylvania. More
Ginseng in fruit. Credits: Eric Burkhart
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American Ginseng

Eric Burkhart, Michael Jacobson, Ph.D.

Nontimber forest products, including American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.), have long been collected in Pennsylvania for food, medicine, income, and pleasure. More
Forest Finance 5: Opportunities from Ginseng Husbandry in Pennsylvania
Forest Finance 5: Opportunities from Ginseng Husbandry in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles
This article provides information on ginseng as a native forest resource, ginseng culture on Pennsylvania forest lands, and marketing and legal considerations. More
Goldenseal photo - credits: Eric Burkhart
Goldenseal - Articles Articles

Goldenseal

Michael Jacobson, Ph.D., Eric Burkhart

Goldenseal is a botanical with a long production history. Its over-collection has reduced the population to dangerously low levels in many states. More
Thievery
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Thievery

Michael Jacobson, Ph.D., Eric Burkhart

Ginseng and goldenseal are very valuable crops. A patch with only 50 plants might yield $200-$300 dollars at harvest. More