North Korean Ginseng
Ginseng is the root of plants in the genus Panax. It is popular in Asian countries, specifically Korea and China.
Ginseng has been used in traditional medicine over centuries. It is said to have multiple medicinal properties.
Although, modern clinical research has proved inconclusive about its medical effectiveness.
Red ginseng is ginseng that has been steamed and dried. This is why it has a reddish colour.
Red ginseng is less vulnerable to decay than white ginseng.
White ginseng is fresh ginseng that has been peeled and dried without being heated.
Although not medically proved, ginseng is said to have many health properties.
This includes helping anything from having a cold or the flu, to increasing energy and lowering blood pressure.
The best place to buy ginseng is in Kaesong, in the very south of North Korea.
It is said that the ginseng produced here is the best quality in the world.
Driving around Kaesong, you can see a lot of ginseng fields and farms.
It's grown under small tents that are unique for cultivating ginseng.
If buying the pure ginseng root isn't for you, don't worry.
North Korea turn just about anything into a ginseng product. And if they haven't yet, chances are they might well in the future.
At the moment, ginseng products for sale include;
- Ginseng root
- Ginseng jelly
- Ginseng chewing gum
- Ginseng chocolate
- Ginseng drink
- Ginseng soju
- Ginseng makeup & beauty products
- Ginseng tea
- Ginseng coffee
... and much more!
Find out more about Ginseng here.