Even a Season for Roots
For outdoor enthusiasts that would like to line their pockets with cash while scouting, hiking, hunting, one word; ginseng. This root can go for $750 per dried pound, a couple years ago it was over a thousand dollars per dried pound. In Ohio, Ken Tomecko has mastered the art of hunting ginseng. He is one of the ginseng hunters that actually does it right, there are those that do not really know what they are doing when dabbling with ginseng hunting. Taking the plant too young and not planting the seeds from the ones they harvest. Tomecko claims each year there is less. Tomecko has done it most of his life, starting when he was young with his father in Virginia. He hopes that his children and grandchildren will be able to do it too.
There are regulations for ginseng hunting and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources enforces them rigorously. For example, there's a season on digging roots which begins on Sept. 1 and runs through Dec. 31. Harvested plants must have at least 3 "prongs," and the seeds should be slightly crushed to break the pulp, then planted around the one originally dug about 6 to 12 inches apart and a half inch or so deep. There are more regulations as well.
While out enjoying nature, you may come home without a big buck, but may be able to make the big bucks with this root. From Mansfield News Journal.