Ginseng Sold for Quarter of a Million Dollars!

Someone really, really likes his ginseng: a hundred-year-old ginseng was recently auctioned off in Guangzhou, China for 1.88 million yuan (about $250,000)!

Link (with larger pic) - Thanks Jee!

And that's not even the highest price someone had paid for the herb: a 300-year-old ginseng was sold for $400,000 a few months ago!

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When i lived in Korea there was a story about about a guy who had rented a cabin in the wilderness for vacation. In that cabin he found a ginseng root and couldn't resist...he ate the whole thing. Turned out that the cabin was owned by a wild ginseng hunter who had recently discovered the find of his life: a c. 300 year old ginseng root that he figured to worth nearly $500,000.

No word on why he would have left such a valuable thing around for the renters, especially Korean renters who just can't say no to ginseng.
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