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  1. Items we are using for this project:
    1 Flow Bench Hood 2ft x 4ft (can be substituted for Sterile Work Glove-Bag),
    2 Sterilized Corn Mycobags Bags,
    1 Malt Extract Agar Petri Dish  colonized with Pholiota nameko mycelium from spores,
    1 Test Tube Rack,  
    1 Bag Impulse Sealer,
    Scalpel Handle #4,
    1 Scalpel Blade #24,
    pair of  sanitized gloves,
    1 Face Mask,
    and a Bacti-Cinerator (available at Earth's Tongue competitive pricing by phone or email order)

    Make sure to Disinfect all surfaces including your rack and scalpel handle and the outside of the petri dish itself before opening it. Disinfect the outside of both bags before cutting them below the seal. Wear exam gloves and sanitize the gloves with alcohol first. Always wear a face mask as well. 

    Unwrap the petri dish and mount your blade to the scalpel handle and sterilize in the Bacti-Cinerator for 12 seconds.

    Let the scalpel cool on the side of the rack and uncover the dish you will be using for the transfer.

    Cut the dish in half first and then cut the first half into small squares by cutting straight lines and then cross them with straight cuts (dont cut each square individually). At this time your bags are already cut and are ready to take the transfer. 

    Use the scalpel to help you push the colonized agar cubes into the grain (in this case corn). 

    You are done with the first bag for now. Continue with the next bag.

    Unfold the top of the grain bag so it holds itself open. Cut the other half of the colonized agar the same way as you did the first half, into small squares / cubes.

    Pour contents of dish into grain bag.

    Now that the mycelium is inside the bag, hold the bag shut and shake the contents inside the bag to disperse the agar squares into the grain for an even and fast colonization of your grain.  

    Now that everything is mixed well the bags need to be sealed to remain sterile and keep bacteria and mold out. Make sure to seal all the way through with no gaps in the bags. Sealing on both sides of the bags is best. You can test the bags for leakes by pushing gently on the top of the bag to make sure no air is leaking from anywhere.

    Always label and date you bags with as much information as you have. 

    At this point it is now safe to remove your bags from infront of your Flow-Hood or inside your Glove-Bag and take to incubate.
    Always incubate below 80 degrees Farenheit to avoid problems.

  2. Earth's Tongue 2014 Mushroom Hunting Expedition (Part2)

    The trip to Huautla was an important part of this expedition. It had the answers to many questions that Ben needed answers to. What happened to Maria Sabina’s family? What are their life’s like? Are the mushroom rituals still in practice? If so who performs them and how? What species of mushrooms are used for these rituals?
     Ben was about to find out the surprising truths about Huautla and the deep rooted mushroom culture within.

    From Oaxaca, Oaxaca Ben took a bus to the city of Huatla de Jimenez located in northern Oaxaca. With a very early morning arrival Ben got off the bus and within seconds a man by the name of Juan approached him and asked if he needed a place to stay. Weary at first reply, “Yes what do you have”? “A cabin” the man replied. “What kind of cabin are there rooms or is it shared”? He said “well it’s really my house I just call it a cabin”. “Ok, that’s fine how much”? “Only 30 pesitos” he replied. “But there’s other people there” he said. “That’s fine I don’t mind” Ben replies. “We can go as soon as I get more people I’m waiting on”. At which point Ben was about to go his own way but the man insisted that it was a good place and he could get his own private room. As they walked together the man asks Ben, “so you are here for the ritual huh”? Ben answers “what ritual, you mean mushrooms”? “Yes the mushroom ritual” says Juan. “No I'm, here to do a documentary about mushrooms” Ben answers.  “Oh, really where we are going there's a lady who does mushroom rituals” Juan nods his head. So it begins to get interesting.
     Ben arrives at a house with several rooms which all lead to an outdoors concrete space and a shared bathroom with a blanket as the door. It seems this is a place where tourists often visit or are taken there by these guides. As Ben chats with some of the people there it seems they are all there for the "ritual." Most people are Mexican nationals from different states and a few foreigners from USA and Europe. The locals in Huautla all speak their native tongue of Mazateco amongst themselves, some speak Spanish as well and some do not. The lady (whose name will be left out) who does the rituals in this home only speaks Mazateco and very little Spanish. She is over 90 years old and has been doing this all her life. Ben asks his guide Juan to translate the conversation. Ben kindly asks the lady if he can interview her for a documentary. He explains to her that it is to show people how mushrooms are used to cure in their culture. She says she does not want to be interviewed. Ben insists that this work is very important and it will live on forever, well after she is gone. She thinks for a while and says “I am too old and I'm scared of what will happen. You saw what happened with Maria Sabina and I do not want that to happen again”. She looks at Ben in deep thought and smiles with sweetness in her eyes and says “I see that there is great importance in your work. I may not be able to help you with what you want with me, but come with me I will give you my blessing”. She leads Ben into her room where her holy altar is with candles and an image of Jesus Christ. She begins to pray in Mazatec facing her altar and then facing Ben and praying over his mind and body. As he heads out Juan says to him “well I guess you are on a quest, she gave you her blessing”!!
     Ben grabs his things and heads out towards Maria Sabina’s old house. He hikes the way of “El Cerro de la Adoracion”. As he arrives a sign clearly points to "La Casa de Maria Sabina." or Maria Sabina’s House. There are people outside wondering who this man is hiking up the street and stopping in front of the house. Ben introduces himself to them and asks if he's at the right place. They are incredibly friendly and invite him inside. Ben sits on their outdoor patio and speaks with Maria Sabina’s great grandson whose name is Pablo Garcia Ortega. They talk about their history and the family in the present and what’s become of them. Their family now is divided into 2 homes and basically 2 sides of the family. One side is the grandson Magdaleno Garcia Martinez and his son Pablo and grandchildren who live on the house on the left, and on the right lives the grandson Filogonio Garcia Martinez and his sons Bernardino and Jorge and grandchildren. Pablo talks about a type of competitive relationship that they share with the rest of the family. His dad Magdaleno lived and helped Maria Sabina when she was still alive as well as attended many of the rituals she performed. He learned from her for many years and decided to continue the rituals himself after she passed away using his grandmothers’ chants and following the ritual exactly as his grandmother Maria Sabina did. The other grandson Filogonio did not spend as much time with her as Magdaleno did due to him arriving in Huatla with the grandmother until she almost passed. Fologonio did however also become very interested in the ritual and learned all he could from her and to this day still performs the rituals as well just like his grandmother Maria Sabina. It seems there's a typical brother to brother I guess healthy competitive rivalry with continuing the tradition of the family and being the best. 

    Cerro de La Adoracion

     Magdaleno is not in Huautla at the moment and is in the hospital in Mexico City being seen on a follow up to some difficulties that he had so and interview with Magdaleno (Maria Sabinas grandson) is not possible but Pablo is more than willing to do the video interview and also knows everything about his grandmother, her rituals, and her life and is now writing a book called "La Verdadera Vida de Maria Sabina" "The Real Life of Maria Sabina." Pablo was 5 years old when his great-grandmother died and attends all of his dad's rituals and translates the ritual from Mazteco to Spanish as well as explains why each part of the ritual is done for people during the ritual. He has learned the Sabina way. 

    Maria Sabina and Magdaleno Garcia Martinez (grandson)

     Pablo is incredibly humble and shared what they had without asking for a penny. They live very humbly with no luxuries. They collect water from the rain and boil it to drink and use it to shower and to flush their toilet. Cold showers is all they know. They use wood to cook in their kitchen in a chimenea and have to breathe smoke every time and every day that they cook or boil water. They do not have gas. Electricity is scarce and their home is all made of cement and brick and no real doors. Some of them sleep on the concrete floor with only comforter underneath and some on wooden boards. With this said, they offer a room for Ben to stay in for a few nights and also make him breakfast and coffee every day and invite him for dinner at their table. It was an incredible experience.

    Astrid makes the best Oaxacan coffee.

      Pablo shares with Ben that the town and the government have been milking their grandmothers’ name for profit since she became famous. Often time using her name to attract tourists to the town or to shops or even misleading tourists to believe that they are being led to Maria Sabina’s house or townsfolk saying that they are related to Sabina and that they also perform the ritual when they have no relationship at all with the family. Often time people say they are the sons or daughters of Maria or say they are they grandson or granddaughter of Sabina and mislead people to a different location much closer to downtown while the real family who live higher up gets only the leftovers of the tourism because of this. Also, now there is a yearly Maria Sabina festival that the city of Huautla and the state of Oaxaca advertise statewide. Thousands of people attend this festival and it brings great revenue for the city but the direct family see no profits from this festival and they continue to live in the most basic manner. So if you've been to Huautla or go to Huautla and they tell you that they are related to Maria Sabina, the only living relatives of Sabina who still perform the ritual are Magdaleno and Filogonio and they are old and don't speak very good Spanish only Mazateco.
     During this festival the land is literally raped of all mushrooms during these days depleting the already rare and hard to find mushrooms to fewer and fewer coming back every year. Everyone including local children harvest the mushrooms to sell to the masses for quite a price tag. So people who live from and depend on these mushrooms for a living and a native way of life that goes back hundreds of years, now have trouble finding the mushrooms during these times.

    Pablo Garcia Ortega Maria Sabinas great-grandson.

    Photograph of Maria Sabina.

     On the video interview Pablo goes into greater details of the truth about Maria Sabina’s life, the mushrooms she used and the ones they use now, what they are used for, and how. The importance of having a spiritual guide (or shaman) during sacred mushroom consumption, how to pick your spiritual guide, and what types of environments are just not going to work for your wellbeing. Also, the meaning that mushrooms have in Mazatec culture and why they are so sacred. Examples of people who have been healed with mushrooms. Fresh mushrooms are acquired and are shown on video with their local names as well as physiological properties.
    Also, includes an interesting tale of Maria Sabina foretelling and warning John Lennon of his death.

    In his free time Ben decides to go looking for mushrooms in the morning and finds a few rare but valuable finds.

    Calostoma Cinnabarium used to be eaten by the children of Oaxaca or sucked on like a lollipop during its early stages. Although today that custom has been almost lost as few natives even know what this mushroom is. Has a gelatinous layer on top which has a mild taste not exactly mushroomy just gelatinous. Almost looks like some sort of fruit when it's young. "cinnabarinum" is derived from the ancient Greek word kinnábari (κιννάβαρι), and refers to its "cinnabar-red" color, like that of dragon's blood. This find was deposited in the herbarium in Oaxaca. As it ages it turns into a very scary undesireable monster that sporulates through the pink "lips" on top.

    Amanita flovoconia reported edible common in Mexico and in USA. Specimen was deposited in herbarium of Oaxaca.

    Psilocybe zapotecorum known to the locals as "Los Niñitos Santos." These specimens were left to fulfill their life course.

    Leotia lubrica a very small yet good edible. Very nice flourescent green color in this find which was deposited in an herbarium in Oaxaca.

    Cortinarius semisanguineus a species of mushroom commonly used as dye for textile yarns and fabrics. Works specially well on wool but also works on silk and cellulose fibers. Similar to Cortinarius sanguineus. It is usually dried first and soaked in water and or simmered to release the color. Not edible and  known to be slightly toxic.

     Ben also interviews the other side of the family and is able to get a one on one interview with grandson Filogonio. One of the only 2 living relatives of Maria Sabina who still practices the ritual as she did when she was alive. He has been performing the ritual for 45 years. They call the sacred mushrooms “Los Niñitos Santos” or “The Holy Children,” because they are born from the earth and they come from God. They believe that the “heart and mind of God” is inside the mushrooms and that is what teaches us and cleanses us. They have an extremely high respect for them and believe that the mushrooms are not to be viewed by anyone except the person who will consume them and the guide. If anyone but that person even looks at the mushrooms, they are considered tainted by that persons energy and must be purchased by that person as they cannot sell them or give them to anyone else. It’s a type of energy commonly called “ojo” or “evil eye” that a person may or may not knowingly “give” by looking at something. Since, the mushroom is a spiritual vessel and container which is to be ingested and works in the spiritual realm which we cannot see, then it also absorbs these spiritual energies into its flesh and can be passed onto to the person ingesting the mushroom. So, unnecessary handling or viewing of the mushrooms is very restricted. Filogonio goes more in depth on how the mushrooms are used to cure different types of physical and spiritual illnesses as well as how people can benefit from consuming the mushrooms in a ritual environment vs alone or in groups. Also, his thoughts on psilocybin in pills as being used and administered for studies worldwide.

    Filogonio Garcia Martinez Maria Sabinas grandson.

     A separate interview with his 2 sons show us what they are doing to better the family name and help bring more money to her living relatives so that they may live more comfortably in the future and the struggle that it has been to date. They are also very familiar with the ritual itself and share some interesting stories.

    Bernardino Garcia Martinez (great-grandson of Maria Sabina)

    Bernardino Garcia Martinez and Jorge Garcia Martinez (great-grandsons of Maria Sabina)

    The government currently protects these families from prosecution from the law when it comes to psilocybin and possession of the sacred mushrooms, because of the long standing history of sacred mushroom use in the Mazatec culture. Although the mushrooms are not exactly legal per say, they are permitted to carry on with their traditions in using sacred mushrooms for rituals. The law basically looks the other way since this is their way of life, their tradition, their culture, and how they make a living since hundreds of years ago.
     In the video, Jorge Garcia Martinez explains the "Niñitos Santos" and the law as well as the problems they've had in the past.

    Maria Sabina's old kitchen and a newly painted mural in her memory.

    Cerro Fortin

    *All Video Interviews are Being Editted and Will Be Realeased Soon.

    Part 3: Ben goes to the Mesophilic Foggy Mountains of Veracruz and strikes gold.
  3. So while some think Ben was taking a sweet vacation, little did you know he was on a month long hiking trip on some of the world's most prestine Mesophilic forests in Mexico as well as hot jungles of Guatemala filled with plagues of mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and no-see-ums as well as other more deadly animals. Since Ben does not have a car in such destinations, most of the work is done by foot and by backpack and camping.

     On this trip my first stop was San Christobal, Chiapas with no luck with rain except for some Lycoperdon. The local spots were DRY.

     From there Agua Azul, Chiapas was the next stop where the local waterfalls provide a nice habitat for a few medicinal conks and some wild oysters growing on a downed log by the crossing water rapids.

     Next stop from Agua Azul was Palenque where we finally caught a couple of days of rain and found exactly what Ben was after... some deep blueing Paneolus Cyanescens!

    Sneek Peek: 

     In the warm jungles of Palenque a rich blend of medicinal mushrooms were found as well as a new yet undescribed species which he is now working on getting DNA analysis done for it. These jungles are home for Mexico's most venomous snake and we are all very thankful Ben did not come across it.

     While in Palenque, Ben interviewed a local curandero in a nearby city as well as a very experienced local historian in search for history of use and local uses for mushrooms and herbs.

    Sneek Peek:

     Ben also visited the Mayan ruins of Bonampak in search of evidence of entheogenic use of mushrooms by the Mayans and interviewed a local official guide with credentials.

     From there, Ben decided to take a boat ride to Guatemala in crocodile territory where a plethora of exotic mushrooms were found in the deep jungle with ecological and medicinal importance many of which are being cloned and investigated at the moment.

    Sneek Peek:

     After over a week of non stop action in Chiapas, the next stop was the mushroom festival in Cuajimoloyas, Oaxaca. The tiny village of Cuajimoloyas is located high in the mountains at 10,433 feet elevation (3180 meters) in the Sierra Juarez. It is always cold in Cuajimoloyas no matter what time of year. Specially at night where temperatures get as low as 40s in the summer.

    A local mushroom hunt yielded several tables full of different species which were identified and put for display for viewers to see. Locals prepared all sorts of food items with such edibles as Boletus edulis and Cantharellus cibarius. A group feast was also prepared for participants of the hunt with the best edibles in a large dinning room. A dance for the local Guelaguetza was performed by young performers as part of the famous regional dress and dance.

    Sneek Peek:

     From there Ben temporarily joined forces with taxonomist Alonzo Cortez who works for world Psilocybe expert Dr. Gaston Guzman at INECOL of Veracruz and with mushroom enthusiast Alan Rockefeller. A continuous 3 day mushroom hunt in the high Sierras yielded some amazingly rare Psilocybe finds. I'm talking almost extinct Psilocybe species, 4 to be exact and a possible new species that Ben found yet to be described and sent for DNA analysis. (Species names will be released at later dates.) 


       At night near our camp ground, 2 bio-luminescent species were found by walking into the woods into pitch black of night with no moon and waiting 10 minutes for eyes to adjust. A first documented find of such species in the state of Oaxaca. 1 of such species was found by Ben and could be a new species altogether, the other, a luminescent Mycena. Alan Rockefeller made good use of his camera and photographed the glowing specimen with a 30 second exposure as well as the glowing mycelium that was found. A cubic foot bag of glowing leaves was collected with mycelium which glowed green and helped us cope better with the darkness without ruining our night vision and helped us find our way back to our tents...

     Next stop, Ben goes to Maria Sabinas house....

    Sneek Peek:


  4. We are now celebrating our 15 year anniversary and are celebrating by reducing all our Cubensis spore syringes and prints by half price. Exotics have been reduced in price as well. Also our culture syringes are half price for the moment and many of ou popular items in the store have also been reduced in price.
      Earths Tongue was founded in 1999 when there was only a couple of mushroom spore vendors in the world, and has been in business for 15 years. 7 years ago it was bought by Ben, an experienced mycologist who always thinks outside the box.
    Earth's Tongue had some growing pains along the way, but has now become one of the best mycology sites in the world wide web offering original products and services.
    As we continue to grow and gain more and more experience as well as getting feedback from customers, we have had to make a few changes:

    Our new website which you are now visiting went online on January 22 2014. The new site has a much easier to navigate layout as well as a much easier checkout system.
    Everything is now calculated by weight and uses a shipping calculator to give much more precise shipping costs and shipping methods including UPS Ground, UPS Overnight, Priority Mail, Express Mail, and several Flat Rate shipping options to make checkout a fly and saving money on shipping costs.

    Other changes we have made that has helped us stay on top of things is a new inventory system that makes it much easier to know if what you are ordering is in stock and ready to go out the door. Basically if you see it for sale is becasue not only is it already made and precisely counted in our stock, but if you are ordering spores or cultures of any kind they have already been tested for sterility, viability, aggressiveness, genetics, and fruiting properties. If it was not spectacular in any of those, they are not put into inventory. This not only has made our shipments so much faster, but it guarantees our already great product to perform as it should every time.

     Another cool change we have made with our shipping is that we now offer climate protective shipping. We understand that some people may have had issues with their spores or cultures during extreme weather conditions in the winter and in summer. So now we offer 72hr heat packs for the winter and insulated packing with cooling in the summer.

    Earth's Tongue will continue to grow and has some very exciting new products coming soon. Although we tried to get as many new products out for the re-launch we were limited by time. But our plan is to release a new strain every month from here on out for at least the next 12 months.
     We thank all of you that have stuck by our side through thick and thin and in the growth of this amazing company.
    This sale is to thank every one for their ongoing support and allowing us to continue to serve you for years to come!
  5. Our purpose was to find the mushroom Phellinus everhartii in a wilderness park in San Antonio, Texas. A couple of friends had been there jogging it away when they found some big conks growing on some trees after several weeks of consecutive rain. I received a text with some pictures. I identified the conks as Phellinus everhartii. At the time we had been having a lot of rain but we were unable (due to work) to head out that day to pick one up for study. The rain had ceased and there was  3 weeks of hot and dry weather to the point of being on "fire watch."

     So last weekend we head out to the wilderness park to see if we can still find one alive. As we head up the hill on the trail we notice that everything is pretty dry including the ground and many trees to the point of twig snapping. As we head up higher we find a couple of conks and we excitedly run up to examine them but they are extremely dry and they break off with no effort at all with the sound of dry bark releasing. They are hard as a rock with no signs of life.

     We really want to get a clean culture but things are not looking too good. So we head a bit higher and we find a couple more that seem to be in about the same conditions. As I break off the conk I look to see if there is any mycelium I can see inside its flesh. I see what looks like old dry mecelium hiden inside so I take it home in my backpack.
     I get the idea that I can re-hydrate the mushroom by putting the side feeding off the tree in some water to try and bring it back to life. So what I do is grab a zip lock and put the conks inside and add some alkaline water. Half of the mushroom is under water and the other half is breathing to help simulate its environment as if attached to its host tree.
    Since the purpose is to get a clean culture I also add 3% H2o2 into the water to help prevent molds and to slowly sanitize the conks.

     After 3 days the Phellinus everhartii conk is coming back to life actually showing signs of growth. The mycelium starts to grow on the side in the water, as well as on the outer edges of the mushroom and the underneath pore surface looks like it has its life and color again by regenerating a new skin layer. The mycelium color is bright yellow and white.
     This experiment proves that you can bring a conk back to life even after it has completely dried out. Showing how it is possible for conks to grow to be many many years old and live through crazy weather changes throughout the year. Besides mycorrhyzal fungi which mainly live underground and producie no fruitbodies. The woodloving/woodfeeding polypore conks have the longest life span than any other mushroom species They can be parasitic or saprotrophic or both to trees and live to be many years of age. Many bracket fungi polypores develop multi colored rings which is actually a years circle per ring. The interest in polypores with medicine is due to its ability to withstand abuse of all kinds that mothernature can bring. Weather it be hot, cold, dry, wet, etc and still live on without dying or spoiling. This means it has adapted with resistance to either molds, bacteria, or other pathogens or possibly all of them.

    The 2 specimens above were the mushrooms as they were growing during the rains. As you can see the underneath has a live yellow color with rusty brown colored edges. This tell us the msuhroom is alive and growing.

    This is the same type of mushroom but after 2-3 weeks of hot and dry weather. The underneath has become orange instead of yellow and has lines of cracking underneath.

    A developing Phellinus was caught in the drought and stunted its growth. It is now dry and hard as a rock.

    Some conks were put inside zip locks to rehydrate with alkaline water and H2o2 for 3 days.

    After 3 days new growth is seen on edges turning back to yellow from the dry rusty brown.

    A close up on the new growth.

    Half of the mushroom was dunked in the water and half was left to breathe. You can tell which side has new life after only 3 days.

    Another comparison of half the mushroom with new growth. The mushroom on left was cut with an axe down the middle.

    This is the mushroom showing new mycelium growth at the point of attachment to host tree. This is where it feeds off the nutrients of the tree. And is now reaching out with new mycelium threads.

    A couple of good close ups of new bright and fresh yellow mycelium growth.

    Another example done with a different species. New mycelium and life coming back after 3 day water dunk.
  6. Earth's Tongue has the only freeze and heat resistant spore solution in the world.
    Tested to withstand subzero storage for 6 years without one bit of loss in viability
    As well as tested as high as 130 degrees F with success.
    This is a picture of spores going into our ultra concentrated "Deep Freeze" solution.

  7. Oyster prints turned into a work of art.
    These were left to print too long and then started growing new Mushrooms from itself,
    As well as started to grow mycelium into the cardboard.
    You can see the cream colored spores contrast very well against the black background.

    Hypsysigus Ulmarius Prints. Got them perfect this time. Beautiful contrast.

  8. Today I found these growing in our compost pile. Pholiota Nameko!
    From one of our spent wooden substrate blocks. An incredibly good edible.
    With a natural occurring marmalade (looking) coated orange cap. Is a choice edible around the world.

  9. Hypsisygus Ulmarius (Elm Oyster) and Pleurotus Columbinus (Blue Oyster)
    Growing together in a greenhouse with ultrasonic humidification.
    Look at the bright blue color on these guys!

  10. Very interesting article showing the positive health benefits of mushrooms.  
    This is why I love mycology.
  11. Our Shiitake blocks 5 days after ice water dunk. That was fast!
    Temperature 70 degrees F. Humidity 90% Wood used: Texas Oak. Yummy.

  12. We are honored to have been offered the 2013 HOBBIES award by our local business awards program!
    We must be doing something right.

  13. This what happens when lab fever sets in. Meet Sir Wilson of Parafilm!

  14. Today's harvest:
    White Chanterelle, Yellow Chanterelle, Blue Chanterelle, Porcini,
    Lobster mushroom, Matsutake, and Chicken of the Woods!
    Took many choices for cooking them!
    We have cloned the largest ones for DNA storage.

  15. I know there's a few people out there who still don't take Earth's Tongue or the work we do seriously.
    This is my answer to them:
    This is just a small section of our lab with just a tiny portion of the work we do every day.
    I don't see and have never seen any other vendors posting any pictures at all of their lab.
    This is our clear transparency to those who doubt us or have doubted us in the past.
    ...and Thanks again to all our supporters!!!

  16. The wild Texas Ganoderma we found and cultured as show in our facebook updates below.
    We finally got some great looking rhyzomorphic mycelium after several transfers / selections.
    Excited about this medicinal find!

  17. King Tuber sclerotia. The cat finally made it out of the bag!
    This is a 6 month old sclerotia. It will be buried for fruiting in a few days.
    Sclerotia should be dunked under spring water for 24-48 hours to re-hydrate before burying

  18. Cloning a wild native conk. Its a bit past its ripe stage so we'll
    hope for the best. The red color indicating of Ganoderma species. So trying to
    get its DNA for any medicinal properties it might contain. We always use our
    portable flowhood away from our main lab to do such work with wild sporulating
    specimens to prevent contamination of our main lab. Took a flesh sample from
    the inside, took a sample from the pores which contain the spores,
    and took another flesh sample from underneath the pore surface.

  19. "Ghost Fungus" : Omphalotus Nidformis. The rare glow in the dark
    mushroom. Colorful and beautiful mycelium. One of the Earths Tongue vault
    mushrooms we keep in our collection.

  20. We noticed a cat clearly portrayed here on a King Tuber sclerotia ball
    on the side of the bag. Kind of weird if you ask me. Cool too.

  21. Amanita Tecomate.
    A very delicious choice edible mushroom. Almost identical to the European variety of Amanita Caesarea.
    This variety is known to the locals of Mexico as "Yemita" meaning "Yolk" like yolk from an egg.
    Not only does this Amanita have the right color to be called that, but as some of you know, Amanitas are born from what looks like egg sacks
    that eventually break to grow the stalk of the mushroom from it and the cap.
    This mushroom actually tastes like egg yolk when cooked making it even more appealing and unique.
    It is one of the most amazing flavors I have ever tried.
    We had ourselves some Amanita Tecomates cooked in our breakfast omelet this past August while we were mushroom hunting in Mexico,
    and its just one of the most amazing flavors I have ever tried from a mushroom and in general as well.

  22. Blue Oysters Have a bright crisp Pearlescent Blue Specially while young!
    I've been told by some that they are the most beautiful mushroom they have ever seen!

  23. 50 Different Species. Dozens of Strains. Hundreds of Isolations!
    Almost a Thousand Petri- Dishes! Hundreds of Hours of Hard Work!

  24. Our Maitake tree growing right now!

  25. Hypsizygus tessellatus (Shimeji or Beech Mushroom) growing in a jar.
    A new product coming soon from Earth's Tongue!

  26. Earth's Tongue knows the importance of eating healthy, which is why we love to juice.
    The fruit discards we then use to make a nice, delicious compost for our oyster mushrooms.

  27. Footage of our mushroom hunting expedition in Southern Mexico 2010.

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