Conditionally edible fungus Cordyceps (Latin Cordyceps.) – genus of fungi spore, that use insect body as a nutrient source for further breeding.
Chinese mushroom cordyceps waiting for the moment when next to it will move a certain kind of insect, at this point throws cordyceps spores, which, in turn, engage the victim and get into her body. In winter, as soon as the insect begins to dig into the ground for further wintering mycelium begins his terrible thing – it completely fills the whole body of the victim and pulls from it all nutrients. With the onset of summer, when the sun begins to warm the earth properly, with the insect’s body grows fungus cordyceps, which is at all times and remains to be directly related to the victim’s body. Friends, such a terrible mushroom.
Despite all the terrible things that this fungus is doing with the insect body, cordyceps is quite pleasant to the taste and smell. The color of the fruit body dark brown. If the fracture fungus – the middle is white. The length of cordyceps can reach 5-13 cm. Meet the fungus cordyceps you can in terrible conditions in Tibet mountains and in some provinces of China.