Fungus from ‘The Last of Us’ can be purchased for up to 110 thousand dollars

Not everything in the fictional world is, in fact, fiction! At the game ‘The Last of Us’, for example, one of the central elements of the plot is real, the Cordyceps fungus.

In the game’s universe, this organism is responsible for a devastating pandemic that transforms most of the population into hostile and deadly creatures known as “infected”.

What many don’t know is that Cordyceps exists and does infect, but only insects. What occurs in the fiction of ‘The Last of Us’ is a mutation in the fungus that makes it capable of contaminating humans.

Such an infection is shown to be a highly contagious and lethal disease, leading to a collapsing society and the emergence of violent factions fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world.

In fact, Cordyceps is a common fungus in Chinese cuisine and present in some medicines in the Brazil. It can be found at an altitude of 5,000 meters in regions such as Qinghai, a province in China.

Thus, Cordyceps is the target of meticulous research by farmers due to its high market value, capable of earning thousands of dollars.

‘The Last of Us’ game poster – Image: Reproduction

How can the value of the fungus reach 110 thousand dollars?

Small fragments are sold for a few dollars, while the price per kilo can reach up to US$110,000, depending on the quality and color.

However, it is important to note that this would be an extraordinary amount of fungus, given its rarity and low weight. Those interested in trying it can buy a few grams for culinary or medicinal use.

In addition to being a common ingredient in dishes such as soup in Chinese cuisine, Cordyceps has significant medicinal properties.

Its consumption is directly associated with improving longevity and used in the composition of medicines and nutritional supplements in Brazil.

Such products are allegedly effective in improving productivity, relieving fatigue, treating asthma, strengthening endurance and even increasing libido and fertility.

It is important to emphasize that the consumption of Cordyceps here in real life is safe and its importance goes beyond representations in works of fiction.

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For many farmers in remote regions, Cordyceps represents not only a source of livelihood but also boosts entire local economies.

Therefore, it is essential to separate fiction from reality and recognize the cultural and medicinal value of this fungus.

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