WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW)-- Foreign trade between Taiwan and Wisconsin has now grown to include fresh ginseng.
Governor Tony Evers came to Wausau to announce the new venture between the two sister states.
"We are celebrating today that fresh ginseng will soon be able to be exported to Taiwan where their consumers will be able to enjoy the best of American ginseng," Evers said.
Trade is not a new subject between Wisconsin and Taiwan. The two have been in partnership for years. Wisconsin has exported soybeans, corn, dairy products and more to the Taiwan. In 2020, Wisconsin exported nearly 50 million dollars worth of goods to Taiwan, ranging from forestry items to agricultural products.
In attendance at the ceremony was Taiwan’s representative to the United States, Bi-khim Hsiao. Hsiao says the new trade agreement will open new opportunities and strength the partnership between Taiwan and Wisconsin.
Ginseng has been used in Asian cultures for centuries, and in Taiwan the root is used for medical and health benefits. Hsiao says ginseng helps boost the immune system.
“It's known (ginseng) as a very high end herbal medicine. It's actually quite popular and common in our culture" said Hsiao.
Mayor Katie Rosenberg dedicated September as International Wisconsin American Ginseng Month in Wausau.