Eric Burkhart

Edible Mountain - Mayapple, The Most Harvested Plant In Appalachia

Native Appalachian plants are a largely untapped and understudied natural resource. The mayapple is a prime example. Wild-crafted for generations, studies now reveal the plant has life-saving properties.Dr. Eric Burkhart, a field botany expert, explains the uses of mayapple, and how it could be a special crop that offers economic befits throughout the Appalachian region.

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Ginseng Reality TV: Cultivating Conservation or Encouraging Extinction?

A new reality TV show that features ginseng hunting premiered this week. Smoky Mountain Gold pits four teams against each other to see who can collect the…

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