The world’s best ginseng garden on Ngoc Linh mountain

The pristine Ngoc Linh Mountain (Quang Nam) fascinates tourists amidst the jungle. There, people grow precious ginseng that they can freely explore.

See more: Hoi An tourismThe world’s best ginseng garden on Ngoc Linh mountainNgoc Linh mountain peak is more than 2,500 m high located on the Truong Son range, stretching in three provinces of Quang Ngai, Kon Tum and Quang Nam.  The Quang Nam side belongs to Tra Linh commune, Nam Tra My district, where people grow ginseng under ancient forests.

Ngoc Linh mountain peak is more than 2,500 m high located on the Truong Son range, stretching in three provinces of Quang Ngai, Kon Tum and Quang Nam. The Quang Nam side belongs to Tra Linh commune, Nam Tra My district, where people grow ginseng under ancient forests.

Ngoc Linh Mountain is more than 10 km from the center of Nam Tra My district.  To explore this mountain, visitors must walk and climb steep slopes.  Conquering Ngoc Linh requires a local guide and contact in advance for a place to stay overnight.  In particular, ginseng growers do not let strangers into the ginseng garden for fear of theft, so someone must

Ngoc Linh Mountain is more than 10 km from the center of Nam Tra My district. To explore this mountain, visitors must walk and climb steep slopes. Conquering Ngoc Linh requires a local guide, and contact in advance for a place to stay overnight. In particular, ginseng growers do not let strangers into the ginseng garden for fear of theft, so someone must “guarantee” you to come.

The road up the mountain follows a path, threading through ancient forests with moss clinging densely to tree trunks.

The road up the mountain follows a path, threading through ancient forests with moss clinging densely to tree trunks.

Here there are four villages of Xe Dang people living halfway up the mountains.  Houses made of wood are located next to each other.

Here there are four villages of Xe Dang people living halfway up the mountains. Houses made of wood are located next to each other.

After about 3 hours of walking from the center of Tra Linh commune, guests will arrive at the ginseng seed farm of Nam Tra My district.  People who grow ginseng build houses and eat in the middle of the forest to protect them.

After about 3 hours of walking from the center of Tra Linh commune, guests will arrive at the ginseng seed farm of Nam Tra My district. People who grow ginseng build houses and eat in the middle of the forest to protect them.

Ngoc Linh Mountain is a special-use forest with many ancient trees.  Most of the way there are trees to block the sun.

Ngoc Linh Mountain is a special-use forest with many ancient trees. Most of the way there are trees to block the sun.

The temperature in this area in the cold season is below 10 degrees and in the dry season is 25 degrees, so it is suitable for many types of fungi to grow.  They grow around tree trunks in many different colors.

The temperature in this area in the cold season is below 10 degrees and in the dry season is 25 degrees, so it is suitable for many types of fungi to grow. They grow around tree trunks in many different colors.

From the district's ginseng seed farm, continue climbing the mountain for about 3 hours to the place where people grow ginseng.  Under the canopy of ancient forests, ginseng is densely planted.  This medicinal herb grows and develops naturally, without the need for fertilizers or pesticides.

From the district’s ginseng seed farm, continue climbing the mountain for about 3 hours to the place where people grow ginseng. Under the canopy of ancient forests, ginseng is densely planted. This medicinal herb grows and develops naturally, without the need for fertilizers or pesticides.

In the spring, ginseng flowers, they grow under a moist, humus-rich forest canopy, suitable for daytime temperatures of 20-25 degrees and 15-18 degrees at night.

In the spring, ginseng flowers, they grow under a moist, humus-rich forest canopy, suitable for daytime temperatures of 20-25 degrees and 15-18 degrees at night.

By July-September, the fruits begin to ripen and turn red.  Each flower has an average of about 10-30 fruits.  At this time, people harvest and sow seedlings.  Then the stem and leaves fall off, leaving only the tuber in the soil.  In early January every year, ginseng appears new buds after the hibernation season.

By July-September, the fruit begins to ripen and become red. Each flower has an average of about 10-30 fruits. At this time, people harvest and sow seedlings. Then the stem and leaves fall off, leaving only the tuber in the soil. In early January every year, ginseng appears new buds after the hibernation season.

A Ngoc Linh ginseng is 5 years old.  This medicinal herb is grown for at least four years before being harvested.  Research has shown that the stems and roots of Ngoc Linh ginseng contain 52 triterpene saponins with antibacterial, anti-cancer, fatty acid properties... This value makes Ngoc Linh ginseng 3 times higher than Korean ginseng;  twice American and Chinese ginseng.  Currently, on the 1st of every month, the ginseng market is opened in the district center, the price ranges from 30 roots per kg to 60-80 million VND;  10 tubers per kilogram cost 80-100 million VND.  Fresh ginseng leaves alone cost 5.5-6.5 million VND per kg.  In particular, the selling price depends on age, the more years of age ginseng has, the greater its value.

A Ngoc Linh ginseng is 5 years old. This medicinal herb is grown for at least four years before being harvested. Research has shown that the stems and roots of Ngoc Linh ginseng contain 52 triterpene saponins with antibacterial, anti-cancer, fatty acid properties… This value makes Ngoc Linh ginseng 3 times higher than Korean ginseng; twice American and Chinese ginseng. Currently, on the 1st of every month, the ginseng market is opened in the district center, the price ranges from 30 roots per kg to 60-80 million VND; 10 tubers per kilogram cost 80-100 million VND. Fresh ginseng leaves alone cost 5.5-6.5 million VND per kg. In particular, the selling price depends on age, the more years of age ginseng has, the greater its value.

According to Dac Thanh/Vnexpress

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