Haversting Ngoc Linh ginseng (Photo: vnexpress)

Quang Nam (VNA) – A festival featuring Ngoc Linh ginseng was opened in the central province of Quang Nam on June 10.

The event, the first of its kind, was jointly organised under the theme “Ngoc Linh ginseng legend” by the People’s Committee of Nam Tra My district and the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Numerous activities are being held during the four-day festival, including art performances, and exhibitions introducing Ngoc Linh ginseng root products, and tours to the plant growing areas.

Ngoc Linh ginseng was first found on Ngoc Linh Mountain on the border between Quang Nam and Central Highlands Kon Tum province and in the late 1960s.

Vietnam’s Ngoc Linh ginseng contains 52 saponins (saponin is the main component of ginseng. The more saponins, the better).

Besides saponin, Ngoc Linh ginseng contains 17 amino acids, 20 trace minerals and 0.1 percent of attar. The ginseng has high effects in anti-stress and anti-aging conditions. It helps improve immunity, enhance liver function, and lower cholesterol. Besides, it also works well with antibiotics and diabetes medications.

Ngoc Linh ginseng is one of the world’s most precious ginsengs. It has been approved as a national product under the Prime Minister’s Decision 787/QD-TTg.

Quang Nam has zoned off over 15,000 hectares to plant the ginseng, with the participation of over 1,000 households in seven communes in Nam Tra My district.

In 2016, the Ministry of Science and Technology’s Intellectual Property Agency recognised the Geographical Indication (GI) of Ngoc Linh for ginseng root products.-VNA