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#2605732 - 06/08/11 10:46 AM General root information
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Registered: 12/22/06
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Loc: evansville Indiana age67
Fellas I copied this from my post on the regular forum, but, I think it has some information that may be of concern to root diggers.

Getting roots ready for market is just as valuable to the digger as the root or herb itself. I have looked at and downgraded loads of poor handled roots and herbs in my buying years. I have had people bring Ginseng in that was put into a microwave oven and cooked, also put in conventional ovens and cooked. That completely ruins the roots when that is done to them. Also to much dirt left on roots, and in Ginsengs case, not enough dirt left on it or way to much. It must be handled in a certain way to make beautifull finished product.
All other roots and herbs must be very nice and clean without any kind of sticks, off roots, rocks etc. left in the finished product. They must be dried to a almost perfectly dry stage, with very little to no moisture left in the roots or herbs. Actually they need to be dried to the point that when broken, they break with a nice clean snap. Ginseng must also be dried to that moisture content, but, never snap or break a piece of Ginseng. If you do, you damage it. All other herbs and roots it won't bother a thing to bend the product and break it.
Once again Guys and Girls, you are getting into another wild crafting typ lifestyle and just like fur, it must be done in a particular manner to get top price for your product. If you don't want to handle the product in the correct manner, then leave it in the ground or on the bush it grows on.
I buy all manner of roots and herbs in the green state, just as many other root buyers do. You get a pretty good deduction on weight when selling your roots green. There is a ratio of green to dry, but it all depends on what kind of root you dig and what time of the year you dig it. That is the way I figure green prices. for example, goldenseal dug in late April to early June may take 5-7 lbs of it green to make a lb. dry. But Goldenseal dug in late October will only take 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 lb. of green root to make a lb. of dry. Weight also differs in the typ of soil you dig in. Real light weight loamy soil will give you lighter weight roots than roots that are dug in heavy clay soil.

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#2606372 - 06/08/11 08:06 PM Re: General root information [Re: don Wolf]
Lonewolf72 Offline
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Registered: 03/24/11
Posts: 15
Loc: Minnesota
Thanks,Don. This helps. I've always wanted to get started, but never could find out how.
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#2606836 - 06/09/11 07:40 AM Re: General root information [Re: don Wolf]
foxkidd44 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/07
Posts: 1795
Loc: shelbyville, illinois 42years ...
don,if i could i'd like to add a lil note as well.

the pictorals of the roots and herbs will be quite extensive......so it may be difficult to answer a question sometimes due to the large amount...........if i do not answer your questions in a timely manner...it's probably because i did not see it.

plese feel free to send me a private message if you have questions posted and i'll probably have a better chance of seeing it.

thanks
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#2607031 - 06/09/11 11:30 AM Re: General root information [Re: don Wolf]
seeknulfind Offline
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Registered: 06/05/11
Posts: 1
Loc: Keysville, VA
Thanks Don,

This information is a great help.

Andy

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#2607061 - 06/09/11 12:01 PM Re: General root information [Re: don Wolf]
don Wolf Online   happy


Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 5841
Loc: evansville Indiana age67
Foxkidd44, you can add to any thread or post I put up. You have a great knowledge about the root and Herb gathering game. As far as that goes, anybody with good reliable information should add their 2 cents worth, even ohbuyer.
I can still learn things from others also.

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#2608131 - 06/10/11 11:00 AM Re: General root information [Re: don Wolf]
Ohio Andy Offline
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Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 3802
Loc: Ohio
Glad to see OHbuyer was added as a moderator of this forum. Good addition in my opinion.
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#2608570 - 06/10/11 08:00 PM Re: General root information [Re: Ohio Andy]
foxkidd44 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/07
Posts: 1795
Loc: shelbyville, illinois 42years ...
Originally Posted By: Ohio Andy
Glad to see OHbuyer was added as a moderator of this forum. Good addition in my opinion.


i second that.


i had to pass as far as being a mod.........i'm just way to busy and would not be able to give it the proper attention needed.
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#2608845 - 06/11/11 04:40 AM Re: General root information [Re: don Wolf]
stan meyers Offline
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Registered: 11/14/09
Posts: 222
Loc: Powell TN
The pics on these posts far exceed any I have ever seen in any book or online, I have always wanted to dig star grub and star grass anybody got a pic?

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#2639195 - 07/09/11 06:46 PM Re: General root information [Re: don Wolf]
gryhkl Offline
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Registered: 01/21/09
Posts: 592
Loc: PA
Since Paul opened this forum, I know that I look at nearly all plants in a way I never did before.
Thanks to Paul for adding this and to all the knowledgable moderators who share their expertise.

One more reason to spend time in the woods. smile...and this site!

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#2744308 - 09/23/11 03:15 PM Re: General root information [Re: don Wolf]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 856
Loc: Missouri
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#2798005 - 10/26/11 09:30 PM Re: General root information [Re: don Wolf]
p barrett Offline
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Registered: 10/12/10
Posts: 159
Loc: fla
any of you guys know if we have any saleable roots in fl other than poke?THANKS

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#2802099 - 10/29/11 01:09 PM Re: General root information [Re: don Wolf]
foxkidd44 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/07
Posts: 1795
Loc: shelbyville, illinois 42years ...
saw palmetto berries are usually saleable
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#2934680 - 01/08/12 12:58 PM Re: General root information [Re: don Wolf]
JOE T Offline
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Registered: 09/26/09
Posts: 61
Loc: NJ
Don,
Do you have a list of roots / plants that you buy.
Thanks
Joe

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#2935306 - 01/08/12 07:05 PM Re: General root information [Re: JOE T]
Chad Kamolz Offline
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Registered: 06/12/08
Posts: 310
Loc: Redwood Falls, Minnesota
Originally Posted By: TROP
Don,
Do you have a list of roots / plants that you buy.
Thanks
Joe



I was wondering about a list to, thanks. Chad

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#2935945 - 01/08/12 11:10 PM Re: General root information [Re: don Wolf]
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 5841
Loc: evansville Indiana age67
I don't have a list, but I think I will be only buying bloodroot and goldenseal from now on. Getting hard to sell a lot of the other off roots and they just don't make it worth my time to handle .

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#2936158 - 01/09/12 06:50 AM Re: General root information [Re: don Wolf]
Chad Kamolz Offline
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Registered: 06/12/08
Posts: 310
Loc: Redwood Falls, Minnesota
Do you know of anyplace that will be buying the lesser value roots.? Thanks, Chad

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#2937837 - 01/09/12 09:36 PM Re: General root information [Re: don Wolf]
foxkidd44 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/07
Posts: 1795
Loc: shelbyville, illinois 42years ...
chad...american botanicals is a place you can try
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