In retail, ginseng are usually bought as dried root. Some specialty Chinese store may carry fresh ones and the ginseng flower, but these are usually prohibitively expensive. When you buy your ginseng, ask them to chop or grind it down. You will need to store these in airtight containers in your freezer.
|This amount of ginseng is enough for 4 liters of broth|
My favourite way is to cook it with other Chinese medicinal ingredients and chicken broth. Ginseng has a very intense woody, earthy, nutty, gingery flavour and aroma. It makes delicious, soul warming, low calories soups.