Cordyceps Militaris Liquid Culture


Looking for the best Cordyceps Militaris Liquid Culture around? Our Liquid Culture is carefully monitored until the solution is 90% colonized, then pulled to keep it fresh in the syringe until it gets to you!

Species Cordyceps militaris
Difficulty ℹ️ ???
Spore Coloration N/A
Ecology Parasitic
Edibility Inedible, Medicinal

Many authors consider cordyceps militaris quite common, spread throughout the northern hemisphere, and fruiting bodies appear in Europe from August to November.

Cordyceps’ method of dispersal is through parasitizing insects. Researchers believe that the insect picks up the fungus while foraging for food. The fungus makes its way deeper into its hosts body, eventually taking over and controlling the insect’s behavior. The fungus then makes its host climb to a high point, most likely the leaf of a nearby plant, and latch on, locking it in place. The fungus continues to eat at its host, killing it in the process. After a few days, the fungus’s fruiting body begins to emerge from its host’s body, where it then sends its spores out to infect more insects.

Cordyceps militaris can be cultivated in a variety of media, including silkworm pupae, rice, and liquid nutrition. It is considered inedible or “probably edible” by North American field guides. In Asia the fruiting body is cooked as a mushroom in dishes like chicken soup, pork bone soup and hot pot.

Cordyceps militaris is a potential carrier of bio-metabolites for herbal drugs. Traditional medicine systems believe it “revitalizes” various systems of the body. In traditional Chinese medicine, this fungus can serve as a cheap substitute for Ophiocordyceps sinensis. Both contain cordycepin.

Cordyceps militaris contains a protein CMP18 which induces apoptosis in vitro via a mitochondrion-dependent pathway. It is thought that it might be toxic when eaten. Cooking destroys this protein.

Images on this page have been sourced from iNaturalist under CC-BY-SA3.0, taken by mycowalt, bjoerns and others.

Frequently Asked Questions

Mushroom Liquid Culture is a nutrient solution with live mycelial bodies suspended in it. It comes in a filled 10cc syringe with a needle, and is entirely sterile!


Interested in making your own?! We offer our proprietary Liquid Culture mix right here

It sure is! Mushroom spores are the microscopic “seeds” of mushrooms.

Liquid culture is when those seeds have “taken root”, so to speak! Mushroom spores are very sturdy, and well suited to storage and transport.

Liquid culture offers you a way to add rocket fuel to your gourmet grows, and get to your desired fruiting bodies much faster!

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Keep your liquid culture ideally in the fridge for up to a year. You can also keep it in a cool dark place for 3~6 months.

Get yourself some substrate, an agar plate, or whatever medium you choose, attach the needle provided in your kit, and inject a small amount into your chosen medium!

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Each kit comes with 10cc of sterile, live mycelium in nutrient solution and a single 18Ga needle for use.

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Customer Reviews

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Great culture

I expanded this culture in ordee to grow my own cordyceps. It grew really well and was able to inoculate really fast!

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