Ginseng is the root of plants in the genus Panax. There are two main types of ginseng: Asian ginseng and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). Ginseng is white to pale golden in color with a strong and characteristic aroma that is woody, earthy, and pleasantly medicinal. American ginseng is used in Chinese medicine for increasing the yin in the body and is used for its cooling effect. It is essential for relaxing the body and enhancing the immune system.
Uses: Chop or grind ginseng into smaller pieces before steeping it as a tea with honey or rock sugar. Whole ginseng can be added to soups and stocks to add a distinctive flavor and medicinal boost.