41° South Tasmania grows and develops products for both Korean and American ginseng.
Visitors to the salmon farm can find out all about ginseng, view and sample a number products made and infused with ginseng.
What is ginseng?
Ginseng is a slow-growing perennial plants with fleshy roots, belonging to the Panax genus. Typically it is grown in the cool climate areas of China, Korea and other parts of Eastern Asia. The English word ginseng derives from a Chinese meaning “man-root” referring to the valued root’s characteristic forked shape, resembling the legs of a man.
Ginseng has many traditional Chinese medicinal applications such as a nourishing stimulant, immune booster, muscle relaxant and is also used in the treatment of type II diabetes and stress.
Typically the ginseng root is harvested when it is between 7 and 15 years of age. The goal is to grow organic, high potency and ideally shaped ginseng that is either sold fresh, sold dried or utilised as a natural additive in a range of foods, drinks, cosmetics and other uses.
The history of 41° South ginseng farm
The German born owners’ 41° South Tasmania Ziggy and Angelika Pyka had a long standing interest in ginseng and its myriad of medicinal and culinary properties. Whilst living in Western Australia Ziggy identified that the cool climate and soil types of Tasmania would be ideal for growing both Korean and American ginseng.
Convinced of the opportunity Ziggy and Angelika moved their family to Tasmania and made their first research and development planting in 1995, on a small farm in Westbury. Many years were spent clearing, building and experimenting with tree growth and mulching methods for our small but growing ginseng crop. It was done the hard way with little help or advice, as ginseng growing in Australia was at the time and still is very young industry.
Not content to simply sell fresh or dried ginseng, at 41° South Tasmania, is constantly developing a range of new ginseng based products.
To view our product range, to find out more about them and to order please click here.