Thanks to its effects in energy recovery and skin care, Korean ginseng has become a world-famous heathy food, and many foreign consumers consider it a representative Korean food product. In China, Korean ginseng is rated very high in terms of its efficacy and consumer awareness. The Chinese have referred to it as “Goryeo ginseng” for many centuries, since ginseng produced in Korea first earned fame in China during the ancient Korean dynasty of Goryeo (918–1392).
Despite its high popularity, purchasing Korean ginseng in China is not very easy. The Chinese government classifies ginseng products as health food, so they have to meet rigid quarantine requirements and can only be sold at health food stores. One exception, however, was allowed in August 2012, when ginseng standards were amended to categorize products made with ginseng five years old or younger as common foodstuff. Upon the registration, these products can be sold at any store, as a regular food product.
Below, Korea Agrafood introduces processed Korean ginseng products made with ginseng five years old or less.
# Korean Ginseng Drink with Whole Ginseng Root
This product is made with roots of three-year-old ginseng and four-year-old red ginseng extract. Since each bottle contains a ginseng root, you can enjoy fresh ginseng and red ginseng at the same time. The bottles are made of transparent glass, so you can easily check the freshness of the ginseng root.
Ebiche Co., Ltd.
# Red Ginseng Jelly
Placing priority on the high quality of its products, Kocheolnam Hongsam Co., Ltd. was the first company in Korea to introduce a deferred payment system where the consumer can try the product and then decide whether to purchase it. In its export strategy targeting the Chinese market, the company also emphasizes high quality. Three types of its products are made with ginseng five years old or younger: Red Ginseng Jelly, Red Ginseng Crunch, and Red Ginseng Candy. Among them, Red Ginseng Jelly is particularly popular for its distinctive sweet taste achieved by the addition of fruit, such as apple, in place of sugar.
Kocheolnam Hongsam Co., Ltd.
Tel +82-2-2233-0801 (Lee Dae-ro, deputy section chief of Kocheolnam Hongsam Co., Ltd.)
# Sliced Korean Red Ginseng with Honey
Due to their luxurious and unique packaging, ginseng products of Korea G.T.C Co., Ltd. are popular as gifts. Sliced Korean Red Ginseng with Honey uses five-year-old ginseng. Many Chinese consumers particularly like the octagon shape of the package.
Korea G.T.C Co., Ltd.
# Legend of Hong
Red ginseng capsules are a new type of processed red ginseng products. They use the principle of espresso where coffee is extracted from capsules under high pressure in coffee machines. Red ginseng capsules are perfect for those who want to enjoy drinking red ginseng extract in a luxurious way. They come in two types: strong and mild. Just as the names suggest, the flavor of the first type is more intense, whereas the second type tastes smoother.
Tel 070-4132-3443 (Park Jae-beom, the CEO of Brand Acumen +82-10-8723-1472)
Made by baking five-year-old ginseng in an oven, Gusam is a brand of natural products using only ginseng and no sugar, additives, colorings, or preservatives. The baking process increases not only the sugar content (to 23 Brix) but also saponin. Several types of products are available including a beverage with a whole root, pounded ginseng cake, and ground, baked ginseng diluted with water (Gusam Stick Mix). In China, Gusam is sold through online shopping malls such as We Chat and Alibaba.
Tel +82-41-362-8819 (Direct line for export inquiries: Kim Su-gyeom, CEO of Ginseng Biotech, +82-10-6420-6331)
# Red Ginseng Extract
Established in 1992, Dongwon Korean Ginseng Co., Ltd. is a producer of healthy food with 23 years of experience in ginseng products. The company established a research institute in 2006 and has been focusing on the development of new products and the improvement of quality. These efforts have helped it to develop ginseng ext
ract, tablets, and pounded ginseng cake with five-year-old ginseng. Its ginseng extract is one of very few extract products in the common foodstuff category.
Dongwon Korean Ginseng Co., Ltd
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