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Golden Thread Mushrooms
Inventory, lb : 13.88
This item was last sold on : 07/16/18
Golden Thread mushrooms are long and thin, growing 2 to 5 centimeters in length. They have a yellowish-orange hue, and the club-like caps are undistinguished from the thin stems. They have a soft texture, with an earthy aroma and a mild, slightly sweet and nutty flavor.
Cultivated Golden Thread mushrooms are available year-round in Asia, whereas wild Golden Thread is available in limited quantities in the summer.
Golden Thread mushrooms, also known as the Caterpillar fungus, are a species of Cordyceps, classified as C. militaris. In nature, the fungus has a parasitic relationship with the larva of different insect species, primarily moths and butterflies. Unlike its wild counterpart, cultivated Golden Thread mushrooms are grown organically using brown rice substrate.
Golden Thread mushrooms contain vitamins D and K, as well as essential amino acids and immune supporting polysaccharides and beta-glucans.
Golden Thread mushrooms can be used raw or cooked. They can be used in salads, pickled, or added to soups, stir fry or stews. They pair well with flavors like soy, green onion, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil. They can be combined with other mushrooms for sautees, pasta, or risotto dishes. Store Golden Thread mushrooms in a paper bag in the refrigerator for up to a week.
The Golden Thread mushroom is commonly used in Asian medicine, and is consumed as a health food in China, Korea and Japan. It is known as Yartsa Gunbu in Bhutan, just south of Tibet, and as Chong Cao Hua in Chinese which translates into ‘worm grass flower.’ The Mykot tribe in the Himalayas have been consuming the stem-like fungus for hundreds of years, claiming it contributes to increased energy and endurance for high-altitude activities. The Chinese believe the Golden Thread mushrooms strengthen the immune system, have anti-aging abilities and can help repair damage to the lungs and liver. The Chinese believe that the mushroom is especially effective against nasal cancer and throat cancer.
The Golden Thread mushrooms are both cultivated and found growing in the wild. Wild Caterpillar fungus can be found growing in the Tibetan and Chinese Himalayan mountains and is known as “Himalayan Viagra.” Golden Thread mushrooms are rare in the wild which makes them very expensive. Turf wars have been waged over forage areas in Tibet, as money earned from the sale of the prized fungus greatly contributes to the income of herders in the mountainous region. Due to the nature of gathering the fungus and the harsh conditions of the natural growing environment, different methods of cultivation have been explored. Cultivated Golden Thread mushrooms have the same medicinal qualities as its wild counterpart, only they are available at a mere fraction of the cost of the foraged fungus.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Table Food + Drink||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-771-1313|
|Rancho Valencia||Del Mar CA||858-756-1123|
|Leroy's Kitchen & Lounge||Coronado CA||619-522-6890|
|Mr A's||San Diego CA||619-239-1377|
|Pendry SD (Lion Fish)||San Diego CA||619-738-7000|
|Lodge at Torrey Pines Main||San Diego CA||858-453-4420|
|Bagby Beer Company||Oceanside CA||760-505-3445|
|Wine Vault & Bistro||San Diego CA||619-295-3939|
|Maretalia Ristorante||Coronado CA||619-522-6890|
|Inn at Rancho Santa Fe||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-381-8289|
|JSIX American restaurant & Bar||San Diego CA||619-531-8744|
|Buon Appetito||San Diego CA||619-238-9880|
|Herb & Wood||San Diego CA||619-955-8495|
|Dolce Pane & Vino||Del Mar CA||858-832-1518|
|Catamaran||San Diego CA||858-488-1081|
|Park Hyatt Aviara||Carlsbad CA||760-448-1234|
|Hotel Republic San Diego||San Diego CA||619-398-3100|
|US Grant Hotel Grill||San Diego CA||619-232-3121|
|Bivouac Ciderworks||San Diego CA||816-809-5193|
|Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa||Carlsbad CA||760-827-2400|
|Local Tap House & Kitchen||Oceanside CA||760-547-1469|
|Pamplemousse Grill||Solana Beach CA||858-792-9090|
|The Oceanaire Seafood Room||San Diego CA||619-858-2277|
|Lauberge Del MarLauberge||Del Mar CA||858-259-1515|
|US Grant Hotel Main||San Diego CA||619-232-3121|
|Fairmont Grand Del Mar||San Diego CA||858-314-1975|
|The Lion Share||San Diego CA||619-564-6924|
|Wrench and Rodent||Oceanside CA||760-840-1976|
|Kettner Exchange||San Diego CA||312-415-5455|
|Union Kitchen & Tap (Encinitas)||Encinitas CA||760-230-2337|
|Berry Good Food Foundation||La Jolla CA||619-295-3173|
|Four Seasons Residence Club||Carlsbad CA||760-603-3700|
|University Club||San Diego CA||619-234-5200|
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Torrance Farmer's Market
LA FunghiNear Torrance, California, United States
About 73 days ago, 5/05/18
Spotter's comments : Golden Thread Mushrooms spotted at Torrance Farmer's Market.
Hollywood Farmer's Market
LA Funghi - DirkNear West Hollywood, California, United States
About 86 days ago, 4/22/18
Spotter's comments : Golden Thread Mushrooms spotted at Hollywood Farmer's Market.