Summary: Trade insiders say a single caterpillar fungus
sells in India for about $4 to $7, while traders sell it to wholesalers or exporters for $12,000 to $18,000 a kg
Growth and cultural-morphological characteristics of vegetative mycelia of medicinal caterpillar fungus
Ophiocordyceps sinensis G.
Small wonder, then, that remedies are highly prized, though who knew that a rare curative like caterpillar fungus
was selling for $75,000 per kilo back in 2008?
And people on the Tibetan Plateau in Bhutan make a living selling caterpillar fungus
to the traditional-medicine industry.
Her coach Ma Junren claimed daily marathons at altitude and traditional tonics of turtle's blood and caterpillar fungus
were behind his athletes' stunning times.
As with every year, thousands of people undertook a treacherous two-day journey from many different districts like Rukum, Dolpa, Baglung, Myagdi and Dolpa to get to Pupal; trekking uphill, some carrying infants to participate in the harvesting of the precious caterpillar fungus
known as Yarsagumba in the region.
Kathmandu, Sha'ban 07, 1435, June 05, 2014, SPA -- Five people foraging for the caterpillar fungus
- also known as Himalayan viagra, prized for its aphrodisiacal properties - died on Thursday due to altitude sickness, dpa quoted police as saying.
Seriously, they did actually drink a tea made from caterpillar fungus
The 50-member delegation, consisting of Tibetan business people, artists and government employees, will bring highland barley, Thangka-a kind of Tibetan scroll painting featuring Buddhist themes, cashmere kataks and Tibetan herb including the precious caterpillar fungus
, believed to be a medicinal cure-all.
Because the caterpillar fungus
is indigenous only to the 1,000-mile-long Tibetan plateau running from western China to Nepal, the money has hastened the nomadsCO lurching transition into modernity.
Dong is no less controversial a figure than Yegorova, being coached by Ma Junren, the man who famously claimed that he fed his athletes on turtle blood and caterpillar fungus
when they started knocking massive lumps off world records.
16 (ANI): A court in Nepal has found six men guilty of murdering seven rivals in a fight over a rare caterpillar fungus
highly prized as an aphrodisiac.