Discover the Biggest Cordyceps (冬蟲夏草) Trading Market in Tibet

In this video, Jamyang will take you to have a look at how the Cordyceps are dealt with in the biggest market. It’s very interesting to learn how to clean the worm grass, how much one costs, how to bargain, etc. It deserves your visit while you are in Lhasa.

Cordyceps Sinensis is also known as the caterpillar fungus and sometimes even the winter worm. It is typically mistaken to be a mushroom but is actual it is a parasitic fungus. It is also known as the zombie caterpillar and is native to China and Tibet. It has been known to be used as a magic herb for years in the Chinese and Tibetan culture and medicine.

There are more than 100 varieties of close similarities that one can find in the market. This makes it highly difficult to differentiate. Also, there are also many fake that are circulated in the market. Hence great care must be to ensure the buy the right variety and genuine products.

The season for gathering this magic herb starts in April and goes on until the month of June. It is harvested in a rather interesting way. The gatherers in higher altitude regions are known to lie in the grasslands and look for the herbs. It takes an enormous amount of patience and talent in identifying and collecting the herbs. The size of the herb is rather small, thereby making it a task to find them. But you will see many of these gatherers happily going about their work, due to the high amount of profit they can incur from the same.

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