Wednesday Night’s Show: Catskill Ginseng

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesdays 6PM – 7PM

American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) – A plant that has been highly sought after for thousands of years in both China & Korea. It is also heavily sought after right here in the Catskills too. “Shang” is harvested mostly to satisfy the Asian market, but there are some who pick only a few to satisfy their own medicinal desires. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ to learn about this extremely long-lived & renowned herb.

Well, it’s hot & muggy outside, interspersed with periods of rain. Maybe not the best weather for dressing up in leg-chaps & cutting firewood, but good for finding mushrooms. Found some more golden chanterelles last night. Tomorrow, I’ll introduce them to some venison caramelized in a little maple syrup & make a damn good meal that’s definitely “from the forest.” Running out of venison though. Is it almost deer hunting season?

May the forest be with you,
Ryan Trapani
Education Forester
Catskill Forest Association

“From the Forest” is a radio show hosted by the Catskill Forest Association (CFA) each Wednesday evening from 6PM – 7PM on WIOX ROXBURY 91.3 FM. WIOX is an FCC licensed full power Class A radio station assigned to Roxbury NY. The station began broadcasting on August 27, 2010. WIOX is a community partner of WSKG Public Media. Live and local programs are produced by a staff of more than 85 community volunteers. The signal is sent from the studios at the former Masonic Lodge on Bridge Street in Roxbury – the heart of the Catskill Mountains region – to the world... at 91.3 FM, via the internet ( and on your smartphone (download the free iPhone app or use TuneIn).