• What are the differences between wild, semi-wild and cultivated ginseng?
American ginseng is grouped into three distinct categories that we found on the marketplace: wild, woods-grown (semi-wild), and field-grown (cultivated). Natural wild American ginseng grows in its native habitat without any human intervention. Semi-wild ginseng is grown from seeds that are planted in hardwood forests and are grown under cultivated conditions. For example, plants are grown in prepared rows or beds, ground vegetation is removed and often fertilizer and pesticides are applied. Cultivated ginseng is intensely cultivated under artificial shade structures using fertilizers and pesticides in the fields.
We offer natural wild and cultivated ginseng but we don’t have semi-wild. Oftentimes, the semi-wild you see on the marketplace is generally field-grown ginseng from Wisconsin with darker skin color and visible wrinkles. Rule of thumb, if you don't see a longer rhizome on its head, you don't pay a premium price for it.
• What promotions do you have right now?
We have several promotions are running right now, but only one coupon code can be used per order. Please click here for more details about our ongoing promotions.
• Can I place my order on the phone?
Unfortunately, our team is not allowed to take any sensitive credit card information from customers on the phone. Orders must be placed online using one of our three secure payment gateways available -- Paypal, Amazon Pay, Shopify Payments and NihaoPay, which accept most credit cards, UnionPay, Alipay and WechatPay.
• I live in China, can I purchase ginseng from W Ginseng Farm?
We don't ship our ginseng outside of the continental US. However, some of our customers use third-party package forwarders to reship their orders to China.
• How old is your ginseng?
We hold great pride in the fact that all of our Wisconsin grown ginseng is at least 4 years old, we don't count the seeding year as claimed by others. Our wild ginseng is all at least 10 years old, most of them being about 20 to 30 years old (some are even more than 50 years old!)
• What are your recommendations for products?
Check out our Best-Sellers to see what everybody else is buying! Let your ginseng-loving peers do the work for you ;)
• Do you offer custom slicing service for wild ginseng?
Slicing ginseng is a pretty wasteful process, and with something as treasured as wild ginseng, we feel that it's a waste to slice. When ginseng is sliced, there is a lot of debris and up to 20% of the root itself can be broken into small pieces, and therefore is not so aesthetically pleasing (though the quality remains the same). However, if you really want sliced wild ginseng, we are happy to provide the slicing service at a flat rate of $5 per order.
It should be noted that, as a result of the slicing process, there will be a fair amount of ginseng fragments, powder, debris, etc., not just slices, in the package as we will provide you with everything that has been sliced, and not just the 'perfect' pieces. Also, we are, unfortunately, unable to accept returns on custom sliced ginseng.
• How do I slice whole roots at home?
It's pretty simple, actually! All you need to do is just steam the roots, or put them in the oven for around 5 minutes, to soften them, then remove them and immediately proceed to slice with a knife however thick or thin you'd like.
• What's the difference between your ginseng and all the other American ginseng out there?
Besides the fact that our ginseng is from Wisconsin, widely known as the best American ginseng, we like to think that we take extra effort when it comes to the selection of our products. We don't view ourselves as only being sellers, but also as ginseng enthusiasts. However, we recommend that you try our products when it comes to deciding what makes us different. Remember, all of our products (except for specially ordered sliced whole ginseng) can be returned for up to 30 days after your purchase- no questions asked. Please read our Shipping + Returns page for more information.