Appalachian Outlaws Episode Guide

Mondays, 10:00 PM ET on History

60 minutes

Deep in Appalachia, there's a war brewing over an ancient crop valued at $600 a pound. Supply can't keep up with demand and it's causing fierce competition inside and outside the law. This mountain gold is ginseng, and there's a frenzied race to harvest it during its short two-month season. APPALACIAN OUTLAWS profiles the growers, the diggers and the middlemen in this dangerous new world money grab. Whoever controls the ginseng, controls the mountains. People will steal it, risk jail time and even their lives to get their hands on it. Over-harvesting in Asia has increased demand, pushing prices to an all-time high, and people are rushing to cash in. It so happens the Appalachian Mountains have just the right elevation, rainfall and mineral-rich soil to produce the best wild ginseng in the world, but it's only legal for digging from the end of summer until the first frost. 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. And with ginseng fever heating up, outsiders are creeping in on local's territory to find it, causing massive turf wars over this heavily revered root.

Episode Guide

16 episodes

  • 10 episodes
    10 episodes
    • s2e10Last Chance
      April 6, 2015
    • s2e9Battle at Wolf Creek
      March 30, 2015
    • s2e8Unlikely Allies
      March 23, 2015
    • s2e7Crossing the Line
      March 16, 2015
    • s2e6The Devil You Know
      March 9, 2015
    • s2e5Snakes and a Plane
      March 2, 2015
    • s2e4War Games
      February 23, 2015
    • s2e3Payback
      February 16, 2015
    • s2e2Eye for an Eye
      February 9, 2015
    • s2e1Root Awakening
      February 2, 2015
  • 6 episodes
    6 episodes