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Old 12-04-2010, 09:37 PM   #1
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What do you do with Ginseng Roots?

For years now I have seen big barrels of ginseng roots in Chinatown.



What do they do with them? How do you prepare them? Do you put them in food, or grind them up for tea? What's the scoop?
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Old 12-06-2010, 10:56 AM   #2
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We usually chop the Ginseng into smallish pieces and add to boiling water to make a tea. Good for calming the stomach.
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How does making tea with the root compare to buying the extracts that come in those little vials I wonder... What is better?

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The vials don't really contain enough of anything to be effective.

If you want to make tea, go to the Herb Depot on Dundas W. near Huron. Get the red ginseng chips (widely considered to be the most potent form of Panax ginseng - don't bother with Siberian ginseng, which isn't ginseng at all), steep 4 or 5 of them in hot water for 10-15 minutes, then drink up. They'll also recommend that you eat the soggy chips afterward - prepare thy gag reflex.
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:36 AM   #5
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Thanks for the tips! I wondered about those vials...

Now I wonder how much of that ginseng is grown in toxic soil in China - soil laced with heavy metals!
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