GINSENG, a leafy plant with gnarled roots valued for its medicinal and nutritional properties, became one of BC's most lucrative crops after it was planted for the first time at LYTTON in 1982. The industry peaked in 1994, when there were 128 growers around the South-Central Interior. They produced a crop worth about $30 million, making BC the third-largest growing area in N America after Wisconsin and Ontario. Throughout the rest of the decade, production declined as the international price of...

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