It is not exactly a flower, but more so a fruiting body from the same properties in which cordycep's are created. It's extremely fascinating once you wrap your head around how Cordyceps itself form.
These flowers are used in a lot of traditional Chinese medicine, it can also be included in many dishes as well. From stews, hot pots, stir fry to savory and herbal soups. For thousands of years it has been used in Chinese medicine to nourish lungs, reduce fatigue, strenghten our immune system, improve sleep, cleanse kidneys and liver, cough relief (it helps moisten the throat) & rich in anti-aging properties.
However, the cordycep's itself is a fungi that attacks their host (mainly arthropod insects like ants, beetles, roaches) and replace its tissue and sprout long, slender stems that grow outside the host’s body.
The fungi then infects and kills the insects. One particular species, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, has the ability to turn ants into zombies. It grows through an ant's body then creates a network of filaments that takes over the insect's muscles
The remains of the insect and fungi that grows out of it is then hand-collected, dried and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries now to treat fatigue, sickness, kidney disease and low sex drive.
Directions: Rinse thoroughly and soak for 30 minutes before use.