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Atropa Belladonna. We grow and use Atropa Belladonna for four of our seventeen varieties of nightshade truffles. Three are blends but in the Belladonna Rose truffle it stands by itself. The Belladonna Rose was the first truffle I came up with and the initial sole offering of Emporium Black. Belladonna Rose remains the top selling flavor since June 21st, 2019.

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This one reminds me of a Russian dancer...one of those male traditional Cossack dancers. 🖤
Mandragora officinarum. One of the roots I transplanted the other day. Mandrake is the trickiest plant to grow for one of my Nightshade Truffles ingredients because the major harvesting comes so far down the road. I have a complex map of a bigger picture view in my head where all of the logistics are organized and worked out but I’m not sure I could articulate it well enough to write it all down in a concise way.

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Sun Opener is a plant I love and use in two different varieties of my nightshade truffles (Lugh’s and the Sun Opener Datura). Lots of information can be found on this often overlooked gem. “In addition to aiding lucid dreaming, Heimia Salicifolia (Sun Opener) is thought to aid astral travel. Those who ingest the herb say that they sometimes experience time travel and out of body experiences. There is speculation that lucid dreaming and astral projection stem from the same part of the brain.
What defines each experience is the amount of control a person exerts while dreaming. A normal dream is entirely driven by the subconscious mind and the person having the dream is not aware that they are dreaming. In lucid dreaming and astral projection, there is an awareness of being in the dream state and conscious decisions are made while in this state.
Many people who are interested in exploring this mystical realm are exploring herbal enhancements. Heimia Salicifolia, commonly known as the “Sun Opener”, is one of the most enduring herbs for this purpose. The term “Sun Opener” originally came from the Aztecs who often used the flowers to induce a different state of consciousness to connect with the divine realm.” a partial excerpt from ‘Heimia Salicifolia: The Sun Opener Herb That Deepens Consciousness’ https://howtolucid.com/heimia-salicifolia/ Photo from @strictlymedicinalseeds website.

Datura Metel v. fastuosa, Atopa Belladonna, and Artemisia douglasiana (California Mugwort). We grow these all and many more for the purpose of converting into oils and tinctures for my nightshade truffles and I go through those products fast so I need to make sure there will always be more plants available and ready to harvest when needed. Everything I grow is done indoors 24/7. Of course I’d prefer to work the earth in my own outdoor garden but for me like many others it simply isn’t an option right now plus I’ve come to enjoy having plants completely take over our home.

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Datura metel fastuosa with seed pods and flower buds. I use the whole plant in my oils and tinctures. When harvesting I keep some of the seeds pods for more growing but I also love to add them to my oils. To me the seed pods represent the potential of countless future generations and their wisdom coded within and those tie in wonderfully with the ancient ancestors that to me are more concentrated in the roots and the base of a plant. Flower buds are another special kind of magic that I always add whenever I can.

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Bignonia capreolata otherwise known as crossvine. Crossvine flowers give the May Queen Nightshade truffles their distinctive flavor. They grow high in a forest’s canopy and were collected by me after thunderstorms would send them to the earth in abundance back when I was in Georgia for a short while. Besides their incredible aroma, I added them to symbolize the four directions and the crossroads. I harvested enough for hopefully a couple of years' worth of my truffle needs but at some point hope to find someone who knows of a canopy garden of them and can gather large quantities of them after big storms for me. I’d trade truffles or pay cash happily if there is a person like this out there.

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Lattice Henbane. These guys are beasts and measure over 2 feet across each which is pretty substantial for an indoor apartment garden. I’m able to keep my Henbanes much bushier it seems then a lot of others I see and I think it’s because I keep the light sources so close and the lamps I use never burn unless they actually touch the leaves. Bushier plants are pretty (to my eye at least) but more importantly they are a much better use of space when growing for harvesting and you have only a limited space to grow in. Personality wise the Lattice Henbane reminds me quite a bit of Egyptian Henbane. I use it in the truffles that have Henbane blends and because they are so similar I’ve been thinking I might start mixing it in with the Egyptian Henbane Honey truffle which never has been a blend because the two really compliment each other so well.

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Some Henbane that needs to be separated. There are six seedlings so if I put three per pot like I prefer it’s the perfect amount as far as the amount of space and resources it will take in our apartment. We also have full grown ones and then I’ll probably start seeds for another batch of them in maybe a month or so to make sure we can stay on top of what we use in the truffles since when we convert the Henbane to product, we harvest and use the entire plant.

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This is what happened to a random 2 1/2 inch piece of a brugmansia branch that I found mixed in with my last shipment of blossoms from the Brugmansia Fayerie. (Most of the Brugmansia I use in the truffles comes from this wonderful friend. ) The branch scrap was snipped blunt on both ends with no growth and I took a fresh snip off of one end, dipped it in organic root hormones and then stuck it in a pot with soil under a lamp just to see if I could get it to root. Three weeks later and I am not disappointed.