History digs for ginseng on “Appalachian Outlaws”

The Original Productions reality series is set in the competitive world of ginseng harvesting and begins airing on History in the U.S. on January 9.
December 13, 2013

U.S. cable network History is to begin airing Appalachian Outlaws in January.

Produced by Original Productions, the reality series follows growers, diggers and middle men working in the ginseng trade in the Appalachian Mountains. The root is valued at more than US$600 per pound and harvesting season lasts two months, which creates intense competition inside and outside the law.

“To prevent over-harvesting in the U.S., some states have started regulating where it’s legal to pull ginseng, which has made territorial lines even blurrier than before,” ┬áthe network said in a statement. “And with ginseng fever heating up, outsiders are creeping in on locals’ territory to find it, causing massive turf wars over this heavily revered root.”

Philip D. Segal, Jeff Conroy and Sarah Whalen serve as executive producers for Original, and Elaine Frontain Bryant and Julian P. Hobbs are exec producing for History.

Appalachian Outlaws  premieres on January 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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