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.
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…