Friday, 27 June 2008

In Tibet, a worm worth its weight in gold


In Tibet, a worm worth its weight in gold
By Barbara Demick

What Tibetans call the worm is actually not a worm but a fungus -- Cordyceps sinensis, to be precise -- that feeds on caterpillar larvae. Or, to give the fungus its more poetic name, "winter worm, summer grass," because its appearance changes from one to the other with the seasons. More

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