The Difference between Cordyceps Sinensis and Cordyceps Militaris – Cordyceps Land
The Difference between Cordyceps Sinensis and Cordyceps Militaris

The Difference between Cordyceps Sinensis and Cordyceps Militaris


Two Sadly Facts at the Beginning:

  • Authentic wild Cordyceps Sinensis is NOT in 99.9% of Cordyceps supplements

  • Cordyceps Militaris is the major counterfeit of Cordyceps Sinensis they are using for misleading


True, wild Cordyceps Sinensis is not in 99.9% of Cordyceps supplements because of its exceptionally high price. In fact, wild Cordyceps Sinensis costs over $36,000 per kilogram (2020), making it the most expensive mushroom in the world. 

Even though the majority of Cordyceps supplements do not contain the cordyceps sinensis, this has not stopped many companies from using photos of this mushroom in their marketing materials and label information causing customers to believe they are consuming this mushroom. Sadly, they are not.

But if the true Cordyceps Sinensis isn’t in your supplements, what is? The answer is greenhouse cultivated mushroom with a very misleading name -- Cordyceps Militaris

In the following chart, we will help you understand the difference between Cordyceps Sinensis and Cordyceps Militaris, and the know the truth of many so called cordyceps supplements in the market.


Cordyceps Sinensis

Cordyceps Militaris

Place of origin


Tibetan Plateau

Altitude 4,000 meter above sea level. The harvest is only done from June to July every year.


Artificial cultivated in Greenhouse all over the world




Both scientists and merchants have been trying to artificially cultivate this species in labs. However, no one had succeed during the past several decades. Every piece or Cordyceps Sinensis is searched and picked on the snow mountain by Tibetan nomad. The annual supply is extremely limited.

Mass Production

Mass production in the same way of normal mushroom






$30,000~$40,000 / kg in China market


$12 / kg in China market. Similar to Enoki mushroom



Wild cordyceps sinensis has been consumed by Tibetan aristocrats as a precious supplement for thousand of years. It's also an important herb in traditional Chinese herbs. 

Cordyceps Militaris is new product in mushroom industry cultivated since 2000s


99.9% Cordyceps supplements in the market (powder, capsule) are using a $12/kg Cordyceps Militaris and printing a beautiful picture of Cordyceps Sinensis on it. And then, promote it as a cordyceps product. We recommend cordyceps consumers only chose the Cordyceps Sinensis in its original wild form, and stay away from those powders and capsules because you don't even know what's inside.

We think whoever comes to Cordyceps Land has spent a lot of time to find the genuine, wild, authentic Cordyceps Sinensis from its origin. With our 20 years of experience in the Tibetan Cordyceps industry, we are willing to answer any questions related to cordyceps for you :)

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