|Ginseng harvest season has arrived in West Virginia.|
The ginseng season began September 1 and runs through November 30, 2017.
The State Department of Commerce says that by law, only ginseng plants with three or more prongs are old enough to harvest. The number indicates the plantís age.
Diggers have until March 31 to sell the roots to a state-registered ginseng dealer.
Thatís also the deadline for diggers who donít sell their ginseng to obtain a weight receipt from the Division of Forestry allowing them to possess ginseng from April 01 through August 31.
Ginseng must be certified before leaving the state.
Only registered dealers can obtain proper certification to transport ginseng across state lines.
Ginseng root is thought to have medicinal properties, and has sold for hundreds of dollars a pound.