Try a Cordyceps militaris Recipe to Support Energy, Stamina and Lung Health*
Here at Mushroom Revival, we grow Cordyceps in house, using only the potent fruiting bodies in our products! Read on to learn a bit of the history of Cordyceps and for a traditional duck and Cordyceps militaris recipe. Duck not your thing? Keep reading for a couple modern (and vegetarian) Cordyceps recipes!
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Cordyceps in China
In China, Cordyceps sinensis has been known as a national treasure for over a thousand years. It has traditionally been used to support energy and vitality*, as well as support the lungs and kidneys. The kidneys are traditionally thought of as the “root of life” in Chinese culture and is central to Chinese ideations of good health and bodily function.
Folklore suggests that Cordyceps sinensis was found by herdsman who noticed their yaks were especially exited after eating this mysterious mushroom growing on the body of dead caterpillars. Chinese tribesmen and monks noticed its supported stamina and supported respiratory regularity after consuming Cordyceps.* At some point, lore suggests, the emperor consumed cordyceps to support health and wellness.*
One ancient Cordyceps recipe is made with duck. The recipe suggests stuffing the belly of a duck with about eight and a half grams of caterpillar wrapped Cordyceps sinensis, and then boiling it over a low fire. Here is a traditional Chinese duck and Cordyceps militaris recipe.
12 grams Cordyceps
1 tsp of white wine
2 Tbsp scallions
1 quart chicken stock
1 Tbsp ginger
After soaking the Cordyceps in lukewarm water, stuff the duck and boil thoroughly. Then place in a new pot with wine, scallions, stock and ginger. Steam for about three hours with a sealed top.
Modern Cordyceps militaris Recipes and Cultivation
Cordyceps militaris is now cultivated on grain-based substrates improving affordability and quality control. Cordyceps militaris and sinensis are clinically used interchangeably, with scientific studies showing identical chemical profiles. With research showing that both militaris and sinensis may help support athletic performance, this magical mushroom is a top choice in recipes for energy and stamina.
Cordyceps militaris Recipe: Cordy-Ashwagandha Energy Bites
3 servings powdered Cordyceps extract
1 cup of pitted dates soaked in hot water for 10 minutes and drained well
1 Tbsp beet root powder
¼ cup old-fashioned oats
1 Tbsp Ashwagandha powder
¼ cup orange juice
1 cup almonds
Zest of 1 orange
Pinch of sea salt
Optional: coconut or toasted coconut flakes to roll bite into
- Chop almonds in a food processor and transfer to a medium bowl.
- Pulse soaked dates in food processor a few times, then add remaining ingredients. Process until large clumps form.
- Scoop the mixture into the almond bowl and combine.
- On parchment paper, roll mixture into roughly 16 bites or balls, depending on size preference.
- Option to roll bites over coconut flakes.
- Store in refrigerator.
Bring these bites as a snack on a long hike for energy support, or fuel your body while training for a marathon!
Cordyceps militaris Recipe: Cordyceps-Coconut Water Sports Drink
12 ounces coconut water
1 tsp powdered Cordyceps extract
Pinch of sea salt or 1 serving of electrolyte drops
¼ cup fresh orange juice
1 Tbsp lime juice
Blend ingredients together and then transfer to a bottle for a delicious and energizing blend. Support and replenish the body after tough workouts with this Cordyceps militaris recipe!