Mark Skaggs of Mount Sherman found a large ginseng plant in LaRue County. Skaggs said the plant had four prongs, and three more prongs beside the seedpod. Skaggs said he gets a thrill looking for those rare, huge “granddaddy” plants. He started hunting “seng” more than 40 years ago as a child with his dad, “Buck” Skaggs. His dad dug the largest root he ever saw back in the 1970s, near Brush Creek, that weighed a whopping eight ounces.
Skaggs, a licensed Kentucky Ginseng Buyer, said Kentucky is the leading producer of wild ginseng in the nation – producing almost 15,000 pounds last year, adding $10 million to the state’s economy. Most ginseng is sold to Asian countries where it is highly sought after for healing and medicinal purposes.