許氏參活家快訊: 嚐鮮『新鮮參』 談新鮮參的妙用

許氏每年會收成兩季新鮮花旗參,分別為4月底的春參以及9月底的秋參。夏季易上火嗜睡,口乾舌燥食慾差,剛好吃點新鮮春參來“防火”,瀉火除煩,養胃生津。秋參則為冬日的養身進補提供了良好的供給。在寒冷的冬日裡,用新鮮參燉一些雞湯、魚湯給家人,真的是既溫暖又健康。也可將新鮮參與米飯、粥等同煮,讓參的香氣與甘甜融入飯香中,食用起來口感更加。另一方面,新鮮參也是藥酒製作的首選藥材。將參放入高度烈酒中浸泡一個月,每天一小口,補益中氣、溫通血脈、延年益壽。

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新鮮花旗參未經加工脫水處理,因此,保持了新鮮原汁液漿的豐富營養成分,所以食用新鮮花旗參體現了“回歸自然”,有提氣、調節血液循環、增加食慾的作用,而且又是滋補氣血的藥膳佳餚補品。新鮮花旗參營養成分比一般市面的乾參多出14%,尤其花旗參的人參皂苷則是Rb1較高,食用後讓人鎮靜,對於壓力大的現代人有安定效果,自然而然能夠穩定中樞神經,保持好精神。簡單說,就是「進補、去火、不燥熱」。

新鮮花旗參的簡單應用

  • 將新鮮參切片沖茶,可清熱解渴、提神醒腦。
  • 用慢鍋將新鮮參煮成大鍋湯後,待涼放入冰箱內儲存,一日飲用1至2杯,簡單方便。
  • 煮魚湯、大骨或雞湯時,可加入新鮮參做為湯底。
  • 不論墩湯或熬粥,都可將新鮮參與其中藥材,如枸杞、紅棗、黃耆等一起搭配使用。
  • 將新鮮參泡酒,如高粱酒、白蘭地、XO等,早晚飲用一小杯,可強壯身體。

新鮮花旗參怎麼保存處理

新鮮花旗參可在冰箱中保存冷藏40F華氏度約2~4周,將新鮮花旗參表皮灑上適量的清水,再用保鮮膜把它包起來,然後放在家中的冰箱裡面,在存放以前可以在保鮮膜上紮幾個小孔,利於花旗參透氣,這樣能讓新鮮花旗參保存2~4周的時間。若2~4周內無法全部吃完,可以按每次食用份量存放於冷凍室內,食用時不用解凍,直接將冰凍的新鮮花旗參入鍋煮燉。

 

新鮮花旗參全美直郵

新鮮參的成分濃郁,功效加倍,但保存不易,受限季節性。每年10月至12月份特別保留部分參場收成保存,隨即以空運方式直送全美各地顧客手中,100% 產自許氏威州花旗參農場。現在新鮮人工花旗參有買滿2磅及免空郵的優惠,藉以回饋多年來支持許氏的消費大衆。唯有自産自銷,才有新鮮花旗參!

威斯康辛州通過法案將花旗參正式列為”州草”

美國威斯康辛州參議院於2017年11/30日通過法令,將美國花旗參正式列為能代表威斯康辛州的”中草藥”( Official state herb of Wisconsin)。威州248法案目前已由參議員傑瑞(Sen. Jerry Petrowski)審核通過(Senate Bill 248),未來可望能將花旗參正式列為在醫療上具有治療功效的中藥材。

參議員約翰(John Spiros)提到,把花旗參列為威斯康辛州的正式草藥,未來可讓大眾認知到花旗參的功能和使用方式,這將會是一件很棒的事情。此法案(Assembly Bill 314)目前已被威州參議院和威州州長沃克(Scott Walker)簽署通過。人稱「花旗參教父」的許氏參業集團團董事長許忠政和許氏參業集團副總裁許恩偉也受邀參訪簽屬會議。

許氏總裁父子也被邀請參加簽署會議。圖中為威州州長沃克,右一為許氏總裁許忠政,左一為許氏副總裁許恩偉。

許氏總裁父子也被邀請參加簽署會議。圖中為威州州長沃克,右一為許氏總裁許忠政,左一為許氏副總裁許恩偉。

一直以來,威斯康新州都是全美花旗參的核心產區。美國每年約有近100萬噸的花旗參總產量,其中95%以上皆產自威斯康辛州。所以威州向來就享有”花旗參的故鄉”的美譽。威州的地理環境非常適合花旗參生長,所以孕育出的花旗參最為”地道”。其花旗參無論在功效、味道,和質量上,都遠比其他地區出產的花旗參要來的好。威州種植花旗參已有110多年的歷史,良好的功效和質量皆是眾所皆知。此法案的通過未來可望加強花旗參在健康保健領域的應用範圍。

威洲花旗參被州政府法案通過正式公認為”州草”,”美國花旗參教父”的許氏人參總裁許忠政先生對此也表示十分贊同。許忠政認為,中國自古千年以來,就一直把人參當作草藥來做治療。現今州政府公開承認了花旗參的療效,往後定更能加深花旗參在醫療保健上的應用,未來對社會大眾的健康保養將是一大福音。

許氏總裁父子和威州參議員傑瑞(. Jerry Petrowski)合照。宣傳花旗參酒和啤酒。

10 Things I Learned After the Ginseng Festival

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The 1st annual International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival rolled through Wausau, WI and the surrounding area just one month ago, but we are still amazed at how it impacted our area and the industry. Here are the 10 things we learned after the event:

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Ginseng and.. Beer?

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With the International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival quickly approaching, local ginseng companies in Marathon County are gearing up for a weekend of celebrating the historic plant that heavily contributes to Wisconsin’s economy and export market. That means we should be seeing some interesting creations as growers are pairing up with other local venues. Some rumors indulge the idea of a vodka fused with ginseng, others have ice cream with ginseng, but we can assert that one of those rumors to be true right now — ginseng and beer.

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The International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival (IWGF) is the first event of its kind and will attract thousands of visitors from around the world. Hotels and travel accommodations are filling fast.

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Ginseng Spans the Globe, but Some Stays Here

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Marathon County, the largest county in Wisconsin, is home to nearly 150 ginseng growers raising about 700,000 pounds of ginseng every year in an area that comprises a microcosm of the county’s available land. Almost 80% of that annual crop will jump ship to China.  But then where does the other 20% go?

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Aftermath: Natural Products Expo East

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Booth 5330 at the Natural Products Expo East was well-represented at the large-scale convention in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.  Each year Hsu’s sets up for three days of meetings, educating consumers, and learning more about the scope of the Natural Products industry.

Of the many reasons to attend a trade show of this magnitude, the most important is exposure.  Depending on the show, the potential for visitors nears the tens of thousands.  Two symbols that grab the attention of passers-by are the Something Special From Wisconsin logo that we feature on many of our products, and our Hsu’s Root to Health logo.  Sometimes, we run into someone who is, or was, from Wisconsin and then we get into a conversation about beer, cheese, or the Packers and we feel right at home.

We quickly learned from our past experiences that the Natural Products industry has some good eggs, but also maybe a few cracked eggs too.  I for one learned my lesson last year when I got somewhat sick from eating off of each exhibitor’s counter.  Our advice to new exhibitors and visitors is to stay disciplined and try new products sparingly.

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High volume of traffic at Baltimore’s Natural Products Expo East

One thing we realized at last year’s expo was that a gap exists between the Eastern (Asian) and Western (U.S. and Europe’s) outlook on ginseng.  To bridge that gap is to essentially identify an international customer.  More specifically, it means tailoring to both Eastern and Western values simultaneously.  The world is getting smaller and our online presence is continuously being revamped and reevaluated to fit our global needs.  The addition of Hsu’s Amazon page is one way we can stay current.  Our trips to Expo West in Anaheim give us the insight into a broadened demographic with the large Chinese population on the West Coast.

The scope of competitors we find at the show typically doesn’t vary outside of Korean ginseng companies, but even they do not always travel to Expo East because of the lack of an Asian demographic on the East coast as opposed to the West.  This year we had the second American ginseng company join the Expo, the Ginseng Herb & Coop from Marathon, WI, along with a representative from the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin.

Brand identity is very important to all of the exhibitors because for every category of product there could be up to fifty or more competitors or like-minded businesses competing for the same pool of consumers.  At Expo East, one can see a lot of similarities in brand strategy, aura, and even product likeness among vendors.

The most volatile yet buzz-generating section is most always the food/confectionery aisles where vendors are displaying their organic cookies, smoothies, candies, and even finished pizzas, tacos, and much more.  Another pro-tip we have is to remember that even if something is labeled as organic, certified organic, all-natural, etc., do your research on the products, consult your physician, and know what you are putting in your body.  Non-dairy products almost always contain nut products such as cashews and coconut and the amount of children and even adults in the United States that suffer from food allergies is overwhelming.

We prepare for the Supply Side West trade show in Las Vegas starting on Thursday, October 6th by shifting focus to our ingredient division.  Hsu’s supplies many large-scale operations with clean and potent American and Asian ginseng powders and powdered extracts for private-label use.  Our ginseng is found in supplements, liquid extracts, and even a beer or two.

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Brief: Wild Ginseng

September 1st marks the beginning of the Wild Ginseng season in Wisconsin. Each State is allowed to set its own parameters for length of season, but since ginseng is most potent after August the trend is roughly the same across the country. Also, with Wild American Ginseng being listed as endangered, the season does not typically last more than two months.

Already, Hsu’s has seen its fair share of Wild Ginseng hunters bringing their fresh finds in exchange for hard-earned money. With the season being short, and the value of Wild Ginseng being as high as it is, thousands of people across the country are searching through anything that remotely resembles a forest.

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Kaitlyn Backhaus (left) and the Wisconsin DNR representative auditing the Wild Ginseng brought in by various hunters.  Pound for pound they must be inspected for the State’s records.

In its natural habitat on the forest floor, ginseng is able to sustain itself for many years and gain considerable potency as it ages. The only way to estimate Wild Ginseng’s age is to count the ‘rings’ that appear on top of the root. Those rings are actually the lifeline of the root, and if the original root dies, the lifeline, known commonly as the ‘mother root’, will spawn a new root in its place. If a root sustains a series of harsh winters and conversely a series of favorable winters the lifeline will expand and contract based on its conditions under the surface. The fluctuation of size found throughout the lifeline is how we determine the root’s age and thus will eventually be separated by age and size for its use as a finished product.

Rumors of 100-year-old roots are not uncommon, as we may have one of our own. However such an anomaly is something few hunters will witness within their lifetime. Given the amount of Wild Ginseng harvested every year, the days of finding a root of that caliber and age may be over, especially for future generations. That is why the cultivation of American ginseng may become more important than ever in the next few decades.

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EST. 100-Year-Old Wild Ginseng Root.  Found by Hsu’s founder and President Paul C.Hsu, east of Wausau, WI

 

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Berries – Field and Forest

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Late August is a special time for ginseng growers in Marathon County, WI. The arrival of the ginseng plant’s berries is a sign that the harvest season draws near, and simultaneously thousands of Wild Ginseng hunters are scouring the woods across the nation for the most valuable ginseng in the world.

In our fields, groups of workers are beginning to manually pluck those berry clusters from the plants and collect them in their baskets.  From there, they will be transported to our new farm facility which is the hub for creating seeds and sending them through the stratification process.  Each berry contains up to two seeds, and a mature ginseng plant may yield between twenty and thirty seeds every year. Through stratification, we are able to store our seeds throughout the entire winter so they can be used for next year’s planting season starting in July.

Harvesting berries to create a seed stock is important for two reasons:  we are able to maintain our own stock for future harvests, as well as offer our seeds to aspiring ginseng growers around the nation; and, when the berry cluster matures and is harvested, the potency of the root increases as the plant is signaled to send its resources downward.  For that reason ginseng farmers in Marathon County will wait until the end of September to harvest.

For Wild Ginseng hunters, the arrival of ginseng berries makes the search significantly easier. In the viridescent forests of Wisconsin, the bright red clusters are far more telling of the presence of ginseng than the plant’s other physical characteristics.  Hunters have a fairly small window of opportunity to find, dig, clean, and sell their Wild Ginseng (legally).

But for some, finding it is over half of the battle.  In Wisconsin, places like the city of LaCrosse and many towns along the Mississippi River in Southwest Wisconsin are still the leading areas where hunters can still find ginseng in its natural state.  Outside of Wisconsin, the most abundant source of Wild Ginseng is the Appalachian Mountains in an area that span from New York to South Carolina.  There, hunters and poachers alike take part in the fast-paced and often lucrative Wild Ginseng hunt.

Certain social blights have marred the U.S.’s Wild Ginseng trade’s reputation in recent years.  In the opening week of Wild season in 2015, a North Carolina farmer reported that over $6000 worth of Wild Ginseng was stolen from his property.  It is a situation encouraged by over-dramatized reality TV shows such as ‘Appalachian Outlaws’ and will likely continue as the price of Wild Ginseng per pound remains high.

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Wausau Marathon 2016

Saturday August 20th, 2016, marks the 5th annual Wausau Marathon in Wausau, WI.

The importance of this race can’t be stressed enough as it serves as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon in April of 2017.  Runners from all over the country, even the World, participate in the Wausau Marathon because it has that small-town atmosphere yet is serious enough to advance runners to other marathons across the United States.  The featured runs are the full marathon, the half marathon, a 5K (3.1 mile run), and the Kid’s Fun Run.

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Since most runners are exhausted and starving by the end of their 26.2 mile endeavor, Hsu’s involvement in the marathon expands to offering each runner, staff member, and volunteer a gift of our Ginseng Granola, Gin-Max, and a discount on a future purchase.  We believe the granola would be a favorable snack after the race, before everyone starts slamming burgers and beers that is.

If you haven’t already signed up for the Wausau Marathon or the affiliated races, you can register here.

Last year, Brendan Thielsen took first place with an elapsed time of 2 hours, 53 minutes, and 28 seconds, which believe it or not was actually faster than some of the half marathon runners at a 6 minute and 40 second per mile pace.  So if you are a running enthusiast, or you’re just in need of some action on August 20th, head to Marathon Park around 7:00 AM.

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The Grant

On Thursday, July 14th, 2016, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism granted the International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival committee, led by head organizer Lisa Berry, a lump sum of nearly $40,000 to facilitate all of the activities planned for the upcoming festival in September 2017.

The grant will help cover the costs of transportation, use of products from the affiliated ginseng companies, such as ourselves, and the use of facilities such as the Monk Botanical Gardens here in Wausau, WI.

Will Hsu hosted the grant ceremony with about thirty attendees at our ginseng gardens on the outskirts of Wausau, WI.  He was interviewed by WAOW TV 9 (ABC) on a few quick facts about ginseng and also what the festival means to him as the largest exporter of American Ginseng in the U.S.

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Accepting the grant check at our gardens in Wausau, WI

“Let’s not just think about the international aspect of this festival, but also the Chinese-American consumers here in the United States that will be traveling from California, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Texas, and other pockets of the United States where immigrants have settled here over the last one hundred to two hundred years and are still consumers of this product to this day.” – Hsu said.

The amount of work and effort going into the festival is sure to give everyone  who attends something to remember about Wisconsin tourism, agriculture, and way-of-life.

For more information on the International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival you can visit their website here.

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