- What Are Magic Truffles?
- Are Magic Truffles Different from Magic Mushrooms?
- Where to Find Magic Truffles?
- Tips on Hunting for Magic Truffles
Hunting for magic truffles is a fun experience which rewards you with plenty of hallucinogenic goodness at the end of the day. However, not all magic truffle hunters are successful. Before you set out to look for these precious truffles, it’s best to know important details about magic truffles.
What Are Magic Truffles?
Magic truffles are also known as Philosopher’s Stones. Among scientific circles, they go by their more formal name: sclerotia. Sclerotia are compact masses of hardened fungal mycelium. They act as food reserves underground to help the mycelium survive extreme environments. Basically, they’re mushrooms that grow underground.
While they were initially thought to be separate species, sclerotia were eventually recognized for their importance in fungal life cycle and reproduction. They also offer many benefits to humans by acting as food source, medicine, and they also help reduce agricultural blight. Read this Magic Truffles article for more info.
Are Magic Truffles Different from Magic Mushrooms?
Magic truffles taste differently from magic mushrooms. The former has a flavor that leans towards sour while magic mushrooms are starchier. However, the experience you can get from magic truffles is identical with the psychedelic effect from magic mushrooms. Whether in truffle or mushroom form, the psychoactive substances in them are the same.
Just like magic mushrooms, magic truffles produce visual distortions and euphoric effects. Colors become more saturated, walls will appear to breathe, sounds will also be more enhanced, emotions become more magnified, and higher doses may allow you to hallucinate taking to divine beings or otherworldly, intelligent creatures.
Magic truffles also work with similar timing to magic mushrooms. Come up starts in 10-60 minutes, peaking start around 60-80 minutes, plateau will occur for the next 2-6 hours, and the come down happens afterwards.
Of the nearly 200 species of magic mushrooms that contain hallucinogenic compounds, the three most common types of magic mushrooms the produce sclerotia are:
- Psilocybe mexicana
- Psilocybe tampanensis
- Psilocybe galindoi
Where to Find Magic Truffles?
When hunting for magic truffles, it’s important to seek out areas where these three types of magic mushrooms thrive and learn identifying features of these magic mushrooms that produce sclerotia.
Hunting for Psilocybe mexicana
Psilocybe mexicana is a psychedelic mushroom that was first used by Central American and North American natives over 2,000 years ago. They aptly named it “teonanacatl” which translates to “Ggod’s flesh.”
This fungus is identifiable by its small cap which is 1-3cm across with a conic shape. It starts out with a brown hue but turns to beige or straw with age. It also turns blue when injured because of its psilocybin content. Its spore prints are a dark, purple brown.
You can find these magic mushrooms and their truffles among moss growing along roadsides and trails, humid meadows, or cornfields particularly in the grassy areas bordering deciduous forests. They’re also more common in higher areas, between 300-500 meters. This species is only known in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Guatemala and they usually fruit from May to October.
Hunting for Psilocybe Tampanensis Truffles
Psilocybe tampanensis is a rare psychedelic mushroom which was originally collected in the wild in a sandy meadow near Tampa, Florida in 1977. It was never found again in the state but was later collected in Mississippi in a similar location: a meadow with sandy soil in a deciduous forest.
- tampanensis is distinguishable from other types of mushrooms because of the yellowish-brown, convex caps which can measure 2.4cm across and produce purple-brown spore prints.
Hunting for Psilocybe Galindoi Truffles
Psilocybe galindoi is another psychedelic mushroom that produces sclerotia and is named in honor of Mr. Carlos Galindo Arias and his family.
This magic mushrooms has a cap that’s 2cm across with a brown or yellowish brown color that stains blue-green where its injured. Its spores are quite uniquely dark purple gray.
When hunting for magic truffles, remember that P. galindoi grows gregariously in soil at higher elevations and in tall grass or near pine and oak forests in Mexico. The exact location is Pie de la Cuesta, Jalisco, Mexico, just south of Guadalajara.
Tips on Hunting for Magic Truffles
Hunting for magic truffles is an exciting way to go on an outdoor exploration with a psychedelic prize in the end. Here are some valuable tips you should remember when hunting for magic truffles:
- The soil should be moist and warm. Magic truffles are typically found 10 to 14 days after a heavy rain. The mushrooms which pop up after raining can be used a kind of clock. Look for truffles after these mushrooms started to appear.
- The right trees should be present. Truffles are formed by fungus that partners with certain types of trees. Use the trees mentioned above as a guide. Keep in mind that the trees to watch for are: first, pines, oaks, hazels nuts, hickories, birches, beeches, and eucalyptus.
- Spores are dispersed because of animals. In North America, magic mushroom spores are dispersed by squirrels, and chipmunks. Check for signs of these creatures. Their presence may indicate magic truffles.
- Rake around fresh pits. Search for pits that aren’t filled with leaves or other debris. A four-tined garden cultivator with a shortened handle works wonders for digging into the soil at the right depth of 8 to 10cm.
- Probe for truffles using your bare hands. When you find evidence that point to magic truffles growing underground, push your hand under the surrounding duff and feel around for hard, ball-shaped objects, generally the size of a walnut or a ping-pong ball. There may just be one or there may be several.
- To confirm whether what you think you’ve found is a truffle, sniff it. Truffles have rich, earthy, pungent smells. Take it home and smell it. If there’s not much scent, wrap it in paper towels and place it in the fridge to ripen.
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