In 2002, former Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, said that the acute bronchitis he had been suffering was cured after he consumed tiger milk mushroom (Lignosus rhinoceros). Since then, tiger milk mushroom has been extensively studied and has been recognised as a national treasure because
- It only grows in the tropical forest of South East Asia, and its rare.
- Only 1 mushroom would grow in a radius of 5000m, thus it is costly *
- Geographical location will influence its quality and reactivity.
- Only certain species have the desired nutrition, despite many similar species available.
* 5000m is equal to circling a standard football field, 105m long x 68m wide, 12 times. 100g of tiger milk mushroom cost up to RM300 and the nation’s indigenous people can only accumulate 100kg of this mushroom in 1 year.