Cordyceps have been part of Tibetan culture for thousands of years. It wasn’t until recently that they started becoming popular around the world. Not technically a mushroom, the act of harvesting cordyceps is tedious, demanding work. The gatherers must find intact cordyceps in order to get the most value. The recent surge of popularity has driven the rise of counterfeit Cordyceps, and it’s hard to tell the difference for all but experts.