GREEN vs. DRY GINSENG—How many pounds of green ginseng does it take to make a pound of dry?
In this section, southern Minnesota, Blue Earth County, it generally takes from four to four and one-half pounds of green roots to make a pound of dry in spring and as season advances it takes less until in September three pounds will, as a rule, make one pound of dry root. I have even seen it do better than that. The amount of dry root you will get from green root depends a whole lot on the way it is dried. Do not put ginseng in water to soak and wash at your leisure, but put in a little at a time and wash at once, as soaking loses both weight and flavor of the root. As a rule the faster it can be got dry the better will be the weight of root when dry. If artificial, heat is used, use great care as not to turn root brown inside and not noticeable on outside. Be sure to have them perfectly dry so they will break with a blue whitish color inside and outside of a trifle dark yellowish look.
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