Fatigue and drowsiness have always been Liziqi‘s troubles. A good friend from Jilin sent me a jar of ginseng infused honey made by her mother. She knew that I stayed up late for a long time and had an irregular diet, so she made a special trip to send me a drink.
What Is Ginseng Infused Honey?
Ginseng Infused Honey, I haven’t heard of it before. So I went to find out. Ginseng honey is a local method of eating ginseng in Changbai Mountain. People here have been exposed to ginseng for generations and know how to eat ginseng.
It is done by simply slicing ginseng and dipping it in honey. The process of combining ginseng with honey, which not only retains the natural activity of ginseng, but also integrates the thermal properties of ginseng, thereby reducing the burden on the human body. Ginseng honey is suitable for all seasons, with the dual nutrition of ginseng and honey.
Digging Out Ginseng On Changbai Mountain
Changbai Mountain in northeastern China is a primitive ecological reserve that is rarely destroyed by people, and it is also a national key protected area. The nutritional value of ginseng here is higher. Here all ginseng is grown naturally. Nourished by the fertile black soil, it is known as one of the “Three Treasures of the Northeast”.
We followed Master Hu, who was digging ginseng, into Changbai Mountain to experience ginseng picking, which is called “Fangshan” by the locals. This custom has been extended for thousands of years and is also one of the intangible cultural heritage.
Geting The Honey From Honeycomb
After digging up the ginseng, I went to the honeycomb to get the honey. Note: I went on without any other protective mask at the time. I didn’t wear a protective mask when I was collecting honey at home before, so I was used to it, but this is not right. There is a risk of bee stings during this process. If you want to experience it, remember to be careful.
Making Ginseng Infused Honey
As shown in the video, I obtained a good jar of ginseng honey by learning the techniques of local masters and the production process of ginseng honey. Among the skills taught by Changbai Mountain Honeymaker, there are 6 processes of honey making, 14 processes of steaming ginseng slices and 9 processes of ginseng honey fusion.
All 29 processes are required to make a jar of qualified ginseng honey. I admire the ingenuity and wisdom of the craftsmen very much.