Clean ginseng sprout − everything edible from leaves and stems to roots
Ginseng is so vulnerable to blight and harmful insects that using pesticide is inevitable for long-term cultivation.
Therefore, there was no option but to throw away leaves and stems exposed to pesticide.
Because DK-Ecofarm grows pesticide-free ginseng sprout through a patented cultivation system, all of leaves, stems, and roots are edible.
WHAT IS GINSENG SPROUT?
Ginseng Sprout is young ginseng showing full leafing after 30~40 days growth of ginseng seedling.
Ginseng seedling (苗蔘) is a result of ginseng seed grown over one year in the soil. Usually ginseng seedlings need to have a dormant period during the winter season for growing in the next year, but if a dormant environment is provided with temperature and humidity similar to the winter season in a cold storehouse, the dormancy of ginseng seedling is possible anytime. Ginseng seedlings grown after passing through such dormant period show a better growth state than those grown without a dormant period.
Ginseng Sprouts can be obtained by defrosting 1~2 years old ginseng seedlings stored at low temperature and growing them in hydroponics or in the bare ground for 2~3 months to shoot out the bud. Because they are grown purely without pesticide or fertilizer during a short cultivation period, you can eat them like normal vegetables.
Ginseng Sprout, applicable to various dishes
The stems and leaves of hydroponic ginseng sprouts are so soft that you can eat whole ginseng including the roots or add them to salad or bibimbap and enjoy them like regular vegetables.
In addition, through powder processing, you can add it to many kinds of dishes such as noodles, smoothies, bean paste, and so forth. Ginsenoside is relatively heat-stable and its efficacy is maintained after cooking with heat,
and especially its Re ingredient in leaves and stems is changed to Rg2 by heat. But, the expiration date is quite short 1~2 weeks because the leaves are easily withered.
Total ginsenoside (6 types) contents result for each part of ginseng sprout and perennial ginseng
(Gyeonggi Institute of Health & Environment, 2019)
Main Ingredients in Ginseng Sprouts
Contents comparison of key ginsenoside ingredients
The characteristic of ginseng sprout differentiated from aged fresh ginseng is the difference in ginsenoside ingredient.
Usually only roots are eaten from aged ginseng, but both leaves and stem can be used from ginseng sprout, so ingredients included in leaves and stems can be taken together.
In general, reported ginsenoside ingredients contained in leaves and stems more than roots include Re, Rg1, Rg2, Rh1, and Rd.
In particular, ginsenoside F1, F2, and F5 are mainly contained in leaves. F1 helps to reduce wrinkles and regenerate skin, F2 contains anti-inflammatory ingredient
and helps to relief atopy and itchy, and F5 suppress melanin cell and offers whitening effect. Moreover, according to clinical test results, it is proven that leaf
and stem fermentation of ginseng sprout is safely usable bland substance that reduces wrinkles around the eyes, prevents melanin generation,
and promotes collagen generation. (2018.5.10 Rural Development Administration)
Contents comparison of anti-oxidation substances
In addition to ginsenoside, it is revealed that ginseng sprout has higher contents of anti-oxidation ingredient 'polyphenol’ and 'flavonoid' and effect of suppressing 'tyrosinase’ a cause of spots and blemishes on the skin.
||Anti-oxidants, skin whitening effect
||Comparison per 100g
*Total polyphenol and flavonoid are anti-oxidation ingredients that remove active oxygen a main culprit of cancer, ageing, and adult diseases, and they are known to have skin whitening effects because they suppress ‘tyrosinase’ and melanin generation, a cause of skin spots (Source: Gyeonggi Institute of Health & Environment, 2019.3.25)
Features of DK-Ecofarm’s ginseng sprout products
DK-Ecofarm’s ginseng sprout uses ginseng seedlings that have passed full pesticide-free tests, and has container farm that processes growing seedling
from seeds to ginseng seedlings to allow cultivation without pesticide contamination in the production process.
DK-Ecofarm’s ginseng sprout enables unrestricted ginseng sprout supply providing pesticide-free ginseng sprout anytime throughout the year.
Now, DK-Ecofarm observes the change of ginsenoside after fermentation using ginseng sprout, and researches fermentation process improvement to increase the ingredients.