In certain regions of China and Japan, the rare taisui mushroom is believed to hold mystical, medicinal powers, rewarding those who ingest its flesh with the gift of prolonged life and immortality. Still, for one woman in the Chinese village of Xianghe, who recently found herself in possession of a whopping 176-pound taisui, the magical fungus could hold the key to an even bigger prize: helping her son find a wife.
According to the Daily Mail, the woman’s son, Xiao Li, found the massive mushroom while fishing at a pond near the family’s home. Li and his father had to use a tricycle to transport the fungus, and are now storing it in their garage.
“I touched a soft lump. At first I startled, then I examined further and realised it was massive,” Li told People's Daily Online. “I looked up online and realized it is Tai Sui and it has medical value.”
The family is now enlisting an expert to help them appraise the mushroom, and Li’s mother believes the money could help her still-single son finally land a bride.
A type of lingzhi mushroom, taisui is thought to have some medicinal properties, but its ability to preserve one’s youth has never been proven. In 2012, a Chinese investigative news outlet reported that a taisui had been discovered in the village of Liucunbu.
“When the Emperor Qin Shi Huang was on the hunt for the secret to longevity, it is said he discovered this lingzhi was the answer," the anchor said.
The mushroom in that particular case turned out to be a discarded sex toy, not a fungus. But hey, maybe that would help Xiao Li’s companionship issue, too.
[via Daily Mail]