Cordycep mushrooms are both cultivated and found growing in the wild. Cordycep fungus can be found growing in the Tibetan and Chinese Himalayan mountains and is known as “Himalayan Viagra.” Cordycep mushrooms are rare in the wild which makes them very expensive. Turf wars have been waged over forage areas in Tibet, as money earned from the sale of the prized fungus greatly contributes to the income of herders in the mountainous region. Due to the nature of gathering the fungus and the harsh conditions of the natural growing environment, different methods of cultivation have been explored. Cultivated Cordyceps have the same medicinal qualities as its wild counterpart, only they are available at a mere fraction of the cost of the foraged fungus.
Cordyceps, Ophiocordyceps sinensis
Cordyceps, also known as, Golden Thread mushroom and Caterpillar fungus belongs to the Ascomycetes, or flask fungi group. The orange hued mushrooms are long and thin, growing up to two and a half inches in length. The club-like caps are undistinguished from the thin stems. It has an earthy aroma, and indistinguishable flavor.
Growth temperature: 65-70F
Fruiting temperature: 68F
Cordyceps has a broad range of pharmacological and biological actions that include treatment of respiratory disorders such as coughs, chronic bronchitis and asthma. Cordyceps is also used to treat kidney disorders, sexual dysfunction and nighttime urination. Cordyceps is also used to treat heart and blood related ailments such as irregular heartbeat, anemia and high cholesterol level. It is also used for liver disorders such as hepatitis B. Cordyceps is known to improve the immune system, boost energy and endurance and enhances stamina.
Cordycep mushrooms belong to the Ascomycetes, or flask fungi group. The orange hued mushrooms are long and thin, growing up to two and a half inches in length. The club-like caps are undistinguished from the thin stems. It has an earthy aroma, and indistinguishable flavor.
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