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'Himalayan viagra' at heart of murder trial

The people of a remote village in Nepal are awaiting the verdict of a murder trial over a rare, highly prized fungus known as the "Himalayan viagra".

A group of 36 men from the village of Nar are accused of killing seven people who had come from outside the area to collect yarsagumba in June 2009.

The fungus sells for thousands of US dollars per kilo thanks to its aphrodisiac qualities and other medicinal properties.

Joanna Jolly looked at the strange parasitic growth at the centre of the trial.

  • 05 Jan 2011