1. It takes six years for the Korean ginseng root to mature
Korean ginseng is allowed to mature for six years before it is harvested. That’s because it takes that long for ginseng saponins to reach its highest level (ginseng saponins are components found in the plant that are beneficial to the human body). The plant will not produce higher levels of saponins after it crosses the six-year mark. While saponins can be found in a variety of plants and animals, saponins in ginseng have a unique composition and are rich in nutrients. Out of the 11 different species of ginseng around the world, Korean ginseng contains the highest level of ginseng saponins.