How To Recognize Cordyceps?
Where Can You Find Cordyceps?
Cordyceps is most commonly found in the highlands of China, Nepal, and Tibet; specific to habitat's above 3500 feet elevation. It has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years. The Chinese view this particular fungus as both a general tonic and therapeutic agent in many bodily processes.
Artificially Manipulated Cordyceps
The price of Cordyceps is determined by weight. To increase profit margin, some merchants have developed innovative means to increase the value of their Cordyceps.
- Left Image - A copper wire is inserted into the body of the Cordyceps to increase its weight. The copper wire is not visible unless the body is broken apart.
- Middle Image - The grass part is articifically glued to the body to give the illustion of genuine Cordyceps.
- Right Image - Genuine Cordyceps are dipped into cement to increase their weight. Cemented Cordyceps are much darker in appearance.
|Copper Wire Inserted
Plants that Resemble Cordycep
The difference between the following plants and the real cordyceps are:
- Left Image - Red Head Grass has a burgundy knot or nodes where the grass connects to the body.
- Middle Image - Cordyceps-like Grass is lighter in colour and lacks the aroma of the real cordyceps
|Red Head Grass