Cordyceps militaris is the most commonly collected Cordyceps worldwide! Growing on parasitized Moth Larvae this cordcyeps holds many of the same components as the classically collected Tibetan Coryceps sinensis, and research has shown the militaris to have superior antioxidant effects. With cordyceps, as long as the insect is edible the mummified body contains more medicinal benefits than the mushroom! This past august at the 1st annual MycoSymbiotics Mushroom&Arts Festival in Duncannon Pennsylvania our friend Charlie Aller aka “Charliceps” found a few specimen of Cordyceps militaris. One of these specimen made it into the MycoSymbiotics Lab where we got a clean culture running on Potato Dextrose Agar with crushed biochar added to make the mycelium stand out. Cultures were distributed to various mycologists including Ryan Paul Gates of Terrestrial Fungi who has been working on fruiting it out.
There has been lots of research out of the Cordyceps Research Institute Mushtech, Korea. This is one of the only Cordyceps mushrooms that is being produced commercially. Most cordyceps supplements are mycelium grown on brown rice flour or a glutinous grain so you will be buying more starch than medicinal components. Having access to the fruit body is critical for using this mushroom for Holistic practices. Not every Cordyceps militaris culture will fruit. Taking spore pints and working from single spore isolates can encourage vigorous genetics, also you can isolate the best producing mushroom phenotype. Cordyceps also loose vigor quickly so proven cultures should be stored away ASAP!
Cordyceps militaris can fruit in vitro on various Agar mixes when exposed to light in an environment kept between 65-75degrees Fahrenheit. Ryan and I both were able to produce pins in vitro, Ryan successfully produced fruit bodies, and is moving into spore culture. Ryan has successfully cultivated the cordyceps in a larger scale view 3rd picture in slide show.
A simple Brown rice medium can be prepared by mixing 50 g of brown rice and 10 g of silkworm pupae (pupae can be replaced with nitrogen salts or nutritional yeast) in 70 mL of distilled water in 32oz glass jars. This was the recipe used to produce fruit bodies in the Cordyceps Research in Korea. There are many recipes to try! We suggest trying different moth larvae in your mixes. Get your hands on a local wild culture, or proven lab culture, and start experimenting!! #PropagateAndMyceliate
This Cordyceps culture is available in petri dishes or liquid culture syringe contact MycoSymbiotics@gmail.com