Pandemic shuts down Nepal's 'Himalayan Viagra' harvest
Pandemic shuts down Nepal's 'Himalayan Viagra' harvest

Kathmandu (AFP) – The lucrative annual trek to harvest a caterpillar fungus nicknamed “Himalayan Viagra” that can fetch three times the price of gold in China will be banned amid Nepal’s coronavirus lockdown, officials said Thursday.Yarchagumba, which means “summer plant, winter insect” in Tibetan, is found for a few weeks above 3,500 metres (11,550 feet) and forms when the parasitic fungus lodges itself in a caterpillar, slowly killing it.Harvesting the cone-shaped Ophiocordyceps sinensis is highly profitable and every spring, houses and schools empty as thousands of villagers make the someti…

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