12/25/2013 1:14 PM
by Rebecca Turco
(Picture Courtesy: The History Channel)
BECKLEY - A new reality show is shedding light on West Virginia's ginseng business.
The show, Appalachian Outlaws, was filmed in Nicholas, Greenbrier, Monroe, Wyoming and Raleigh counties. It profiles the growers, diggers and middlemen involved in the ancient crop, which is valued at $600 a pound.
Representatives for The History Channel explained supply cannot keep up with demand for the crop, causing fierce competition during the two month-long harvesting season. The herb grows wild in all 55 counties in West Virginia.
Appalachian Outlaws premieres January 9.