The Cordyceps mushroom, used for centuries for its health giving properties, is a cornerstone of traditional Chinese medicine and is native to the Himalayas in Nepal and Tibet. It is the most expensive ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine.
Around the world there is an increasing interest in dietary supplements and ‘Super foods.’ like Cordyceps. Western medicine has recognised the cancer fighting properties of the Chinese Cordyceps and it is under wider investigation for other therapeutic applications
Due to increased demand, over harvesting and new harvest restrictions the top grades of wild the Chinese Cordyceps have reached prices of over $US100,000 per kilo. In 2016, the Chinese Government banned the sale of The Chinese Cordyceps from certain regions of Tibet due to unacceptable levels of arsenic toxicity.
The Chinese Cordyceps only grows in natural mountain environments and the annual harvest is very limited and is therefore only available to the wealthy. This situation has encouraged the marketing of imitation and adulterated products limiting their clinical efficacy and patient outcomes.
Cordyceps fungi are the source of many powerful medicinal compounds. Cyclosporine which is used for its’ anti-rejection profile in organ transplantation is derived from the family of Cordyceps mushrooms.
Cordyceps gunnii - The “Australian Cordyceps” - The Australian Alternative
Australian Cordyceps has the potential to provide an Australian grown therapeutic equivalent alternative to The Chinese Cordyceps for the Chinese market.
The ‘Australian Cordyceps’ mushroom is a native to NSW, Victoria and Tasmania in Australia. These areas are largely secret pristine native bushland. The mushrooms are untouched by pollution and are clean and green Australian produce.
Australian Cordyceps can be harvested for three months annually and due to its inherent properties, requires some specialist skills.
The chemical composition of the Australian Cordyceps is very similar to The Chinese Cordyceps having all of the medicinal compounds at a lower price.
Australian Cordyceps has demonstrated efficacy against cancer cell lines in the petri dish at The Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute in Victoria. Stomach and renal cancer cells were terminated by the extract in 24 hours and an “immortal’ cancer cell line was killed within 72 hours.
Mushrooms Australia harvest and source Australian Cordyceps during the season. The fresh mushrooms are then cleaned, dried, graded and packed for sale throughout the year. Supplies are limited by the amount of fresh mushrooms harvested and are available through “The Great Australian Mushroom Company.”
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Cordyceps Product List
Grade / Price Per Gram / Standard Package Size
- Premium Grade – The best of the best. Whole pieces, fully intact and graded for similar sizing. The size range is from 80mm (smallest and limited stock) up to 350mm (largest stock) with most stock measuring between 100mm-180mm
- Premium Grade Price – AUD$12 per gram , standard packing size is 50g pack
- Market Grade – Good stock fully intact whole pieces with some slight blemish, smaller and or darker portions that detract from Premium grade status. Sizes range from 100mm-200mm
- Market Grade Price – AUD$8, standard pack size 50g pack
- Extra Long Stem Grade- Whole pieces, fully intact yet the stems are greater than twice the size of the “root”. Sizes range from 200mm-400mm
- Extra Long Premium Grade Price- AUD$9 per gram, no standard pack size- sell individual pieces
- Extra Long Market Grade Price- AUD$5 per gram, no standard pack size- sell individual piece
- Bits and Pieces Grade – Broken stems and roots mixed together, from premium and market grade product that was blemished, not whole pieces on arrival or broken during grading and packaging. A bargain to the consumer.
- Bits and Pieces Grade – AUD$3 per gram, standard packing size 100g pack.