- Kingdom …….Fungi
- Class …………..Sordariomycetes
- Species ……….Ophiocordyceps sinensis
Caterpillar Mushroom (Ophiocordyceps sinensis ) known by various names such as caterpillar mushroom, winter worm mushroom, larva mushroom, summer grass mushroom. As Mantarator.com we give brief information about edible and cultural mushrooms, but caterpillar mushroom is a very special species. It is necessary to explain that it is medically quite valuable and has an incredible life cycle. The caterpillar mushrooms are grown only in the shrubs of the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau between 3.000m and 5.000m above sea level in the world. The harvest of caterpillar mushroom is only done from the beginning of June to the middle of July.
The yearly harvest of caterpillar mushrooms, whose generations are about to run out, is below 50 tons. One kilo of caterpillar mushroom is sold for over $50,000. One of the main reasons for civil war in Nepal was the gathering areas of the caterpillar mushroom. There is a very interesting story about the growth of Caterpillar Mushroom (Ophiocordyceps sinensis). They are actually parasites. While the larvae of the Lepidoptera butterfly are in their winter hibernation, the caterpillar mushroom germinates in the live larvae. The caterpillar mushroom gradually fills and mummifies the body spaces of the larvae. After they have consumed the larval completely, they begin to mature. Over time, the fruit body of the caterpillar mushroom begins to grow out of the larva head and becomes a caterpillar mushroom. The caterpillar fungus is used in the treatment of many diseases related to the lungs, kidneys and erectile dysfunction (over 2000 years in Chinese and Tibetan medicine). Caterpillar mushrooms have the richest aphrodisiac resources known in the world.
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