Bhutan is home to some unique and rare products, such as the

Matsutake Mushroom and Cordyceps Tea.

Cordyceps

The Kingdom of Bhutan is historically known as the “Land of Medicinal Herbs” for its rich biodiversity and heritage of medicinal herbs. There are many different varieties of Cordyceps but the Bhutanese have access to the Himalayan Ghost Moth, which can be host to a highly prized type of fungi unique to the eastern Himalayas. Cordyceps Sinensis grows at high altitudes, above 4000 meters in the grasslands and on Ghost Moth larvae, and can only be hand-picked by local highlanders approved by the government to do so. The reason being that Cordyceps have been used as medicine for around 2000 years in neighboring China, and are believed to possess a wide range of effects beneficial to the human body.

Why Bhutanese cordyceps?

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Unlike ‘normal’ Cordyceps, the Bhutanese variety is grown and gathered in the wilderness, rather than cultivated and has a distinctive red color located on the head of the Ghost Moth. This variety has been found to grant greater health benefits. However, it also means that it is very strictly regulated by the government and the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority, and as such can only be sold by a government-certified agent. 

Health Benefits of Cordyceps Sinensis

  • Improves liver functions

 

  • Regulates cholesterol levels

  • Benefits heart health

  • Has anti-inflammation properties

  • Potential cure of asthma

  • Improves physical performance and immune system

  • Has anti-aging effects

  • Improves kidney health and helps detoxify body

 

  • Improves brain function and sex drive

 

  • May fight against cancer and tumors

  • May help control type 2 diabetes

 
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Cordyceps Sinensis

Believed by the Chinese and locals alike to possess several attributes beneficial to the human body. Cordyceps Sinensis is frequently used to treat many ailments, as well as a supplement.

Cordyceps can be consumed fresh/dried as it is shown on the right, or it can be added into tea or alcohol. 

In the Cordyceps market, the bigger the piece, the higher the price. That being said, the health benefits are the same, regardless of size.

Bigger but less pieces

Smaller but more pieces

2700 – 3000 pcs/kg

Supersize

3001 – 3500 pcs/kg

AAA

3501 – 4000 pcs/kg

AA

4001 – 4500 pcs/kg

A

4501 – 5500 pcs/kg

B

6001 – 7000 pcs/kg

C

 

Cordyceps Tea

The Yanki Tea Garden in Darjeeling is well known for its Cordyceps Tea, made with the highest concentration of Bhutanese wild cordyceps, and is visited by people from all over the world looking for nothing more than to sample this local delicacy.

Premium Cordyceps Tea

This tea has the highest content of wild cordyceps available. It contains 5% cordyceps and 95% premium Autumn flush tea leaves cultivated from a mid-elevation tea farm in Darjeeling, Yanki Tea Garden. A lighter version with a lower dosage of the fungi is available.

Standard Cordyceps Tea

Similarly to the Premium Cordyceps tea, the standard version is a blender of high quality tea and cordyceps. The standard box contains 2% cordyceps and 98% green tea leaves.

Some of the profits from both teas are diverted to provide clean drinking waters to two local schools!

Standard Cordyceps Tea
Premium Cordyceps Tea
 

These products contain no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives, and use biodegradable and non-toxic material for packaging.

Cordyceps soaked in Ara

This product is made locally in Bhutan and contains A-grade cordyceps. Mixed in 10 ml of rice wine, the medicinal compounds of the cordyceps will be absorbed by the alcohol, creating a potent drink that retains all of its health benefits.

Contains: 

0.5 gm of Cordyceps 

10 ml of Ara

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Native to the Ura valley in central Bhutan, the fabled Matsutake Mushroom is prized by gourmets in Japan and in the western world. These mushrooms are available in their dry form all year round but the most prized Matsutake are available in August-September when they are still fresh. Taking place only once a year when the season allows it, it is an opportunity to sample some truly delicious local cuisine and cultivate a deeper insight into the rural lifestyle of the Bhutan people.

Matsutake 

Pine Mushrooms

 
Matsutake Pine Mushrooms

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