Appalachian Outlaws Reviews & Ratings

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.
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Mar 1, 2015 3:02PM EST
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Interesting to see how this product is brought to the marketplace. However, it is a bit on the hokey side.

Interesting to see how this product is brought to the marketplace. However, it is a bit on the hokey side.

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Mar 20, 2015 8:15PM EDT
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For being a reality tv and the drama that is behind it. This show is pretty decent. I think this season there faking a bunch of it and are trying a little to hard. Over all though still a decent watch.

For being a reality tv and the drama that is behind it. This show is pretty decent. I think this season there faking a bunch of it and are trying a little to hard. Over all though still a decent watch.

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Feb 19, 2015 11:03PM EST
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pretty good show

pretty good show

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by Liltee
Oct 31, 2014 10:49PM EDT
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Love this show,gota get me some 'sang

Love this show,gota get me some 'sang