To shop smart, buy based on your purpose.
For nutrition: If you’re seeking health benefits of American Ginseng then go with the short, stout, chunky roots that tend to have the highest concentration of nutrients.
For cooking: bigger roots often have more flavor. They are easier to slice and dice uniformly for stir fry and larger pieces hold their texture in slow cooked dishes or soups.
For gifting: If you’re offering a gift of Wisconsin Ginseng (which is an offering of health and longevity) the bigger and more shaped like a human body, the better. However the nuances of ginseng shape, form, and value vary greatly by culture, county and region.
Smaller roots typically carry the lowest prices, but still offer big flavor, making them ideal to turn into teas or powders.
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