Yarshagumba – This is how it gets collected


    Yarsagumba is a summer plant and winter insect. Before the rainy season begins, spores of the cordyceps mushroom settle on the heads of caterpillars’ that lives underground and the fungus gets so much into the body of the caterpillars’ that it grows out through its head and drains all the energy from the insect and ultimately it dies. The mountainous region of Nepal is famous for Yarshagumba. This year also, Yarsha collection has started out and here we are with photo feature:

    Every year during May and June, thousands of villagers from remote areas risking their own lives head for high mountains to collect Yarsagumba also known as Jibanbuti. One villager can earn up to $35 a day by collecting Yarsagumba. For average Nepali $35 a day is a good income. Dolpa is one of the foremost areas for collecting Yarsagumba. Photos presented here from Onlinekhabar were also captured in some patans of Dolpa.

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