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Sunmore Ginseng Farm Tour

Our ginseng is grown on the fertile soils of the Kamloops Valley. This unique agricultural region coupled with both the perfect climate and the most meticulous agricultural practices help us to produce only the best quality ginseng root. Our ginseng product is shipped world wide to Canadian, North American, European and Asian markets. Sunmore Ginseng Products are made from whole ginseng root produced by ourselves.

Ginseng Life Cycle

Seeding -- Harvest & Process

Seed is picked when the berries are crimson to deep red and then placed in jute sacks, laid on the ground and keep them moist for 5-10 days. After berries are being fermented, use depulper or spary gun to separate the seed from the pulp. The depulped seeds then mixed with clean sand and go into a stratification box and be buried in the ground for 18-22 months for stratification. Only the stratified and cleaned seeds are ready for seeding.

Mulching and Bed Formation
American Ginseng is a fleshy rooted, herbaceous, perennial. Its natural habitat is deciduous forests of North America. Today, the plant is grown under a shaded canopy on a good loamy soil site. A mature plant has whorled leaves with 5 leaflets.

1 year Seeding
From the seed, the plant produces a single 3 leaflet leaf in the first year.

2 year Plant
The second year plant consists of a 1 aerial stem with 1 or 2 leaves, of which there are 3 to 5 leaves each.

3 year Plant with Berries
In the third year the plant consists of 1 stem with 3 leaves, generally with 5 leaflet leave each.

4 year Plant
The forth year plant will have a whorl of 4 to 5 leaflets. The flower cluste produces the Berry Umbel. The berries are oval in shape, turning to red when they ripen. Each berry contains 1 to 3 seeds. A four year old fresh root can weigh up to 60gm and its texture is similar to that of a parsnip.

Harvesting of Roots
The methods for harvesting the berries & roots are laborer intensive. In the fall, the berries are hand collected while the roots are unearthed by machinery, after that they are manually collected. Manual collecting of the roots minimizes bruising.

Washing & Drying
The roots are then washed and placed in specialized dryers until they have reached the correct dryness consistency.
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