Friday, July 22, 2011
Hamyang Wild Ginseng
The scenic county of Hamyang, South Gyeongsang is a major production base of wild ginseng at the foot of Mt. Jiri, spanning three provinces, North and South Jeolla and South Gyeongsang.
The "sanyang ginseng" from Hamyang is grown deep in the mountains for three to 20 years. It is not as large as the regular ginseng in size. But their health benefits are said to be extraordinary, according to ancient medical history books from the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910).
These ginseng plants are well known for their effectiveness in strengthening the immune system and detoxing the body.
Hamyang is ideal for ginseng plantations because of its enriched soil, fresh water and dedicated farmers.
The county holds an annual festival with various activities, including academic symposiums and exhibitions on ginseng.
Visitors can also tour a wild ginseng plantation and purchase regional specialties like herbs and facial mudpacks. This year, the festival will be held from July 29 to Aug. 2.
Hamyang will also host the 2015 World Ginseng Expo.
There are 400 families involved in ginseng plantations in the area, yielding 80 percent of the total production of sanyang ginseng in the country.
The local farmers are constantly coming up with new ideas to utilize sanyang ginseng in a variety of foods and drinks.
For more information, log on to http://sansam.hygn.go.kr or call (055)-960-5174.
Source: The Korea Times