Ginseng, the “King of Herbs” and the key ingredient in everything from wellness drinks to cosmetics would get an extra two weeks to mature before harvest under a bill passed Tuesday by the Senate.

The move came at the behest of the state Department of Natural Resources, which said Senate Bill 81 would help sustain Georgia’s booming ginseng crop.
Ginseng grows wild especially in the state’s northern piedmont region and the North Georgia mountains, where harvesters pick the plant for its roots. Once dried, the roots as recently as 2011 fetched about $350 per pound — although not without some work.

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