For sale here is a 2-pack of Spore Swabs. They are purple collections of Psilocybe azurescens collected on 20 October 2021 in Pacific County, Washington USA on 25 October 2021. They were growing deep inside long grasses amongst mixed alder, holly, blackberry and sedge.
These specimens are the strangest ones I ever come across. They are deep beige like the grasses and don't bruise for quite some time after picking. When they do begin to bruise, they bruise green around the edges of the gap, and it takes "quite some time" (comparatively) for bluing to occur. They almost don't even look like Ps. azures, and don't bruise right away, and have left me perplexed these last couple years. A lot of them also tend to be sporeless, too, which is wild.
Their stems are hard like literal wood and they almost look like spongey fake wood carvings but after some serious handling and time, they're very clearly a magic mushroom. Their stems are hard, long, and specimens can be 6-14" -- I have found some the size of my backpack. The mushroom in the images provided is "small" for a mature fruit.
You can take a stem and whip it hard against skin and it hurts as bad as a stick would (I am unsure of this genetic expression in domestic conditions).
I failed way too hard on in situ specimen photos for these collections, but I will bring back many more from the newest season. I'm just so excited to get these genetics circulating! They are my absolute favorite for being strange. They hardly drop any spores too which is perplexing considering their massive size.
I am 1000% convinced at this point people walk right past these thinking they are something else completely. I've never had to work so hard to get a mushroom to bruise, but when they start, they bruise very deeply. Otherwise, they just turn darker brown as they age, and it's like picking kindling out of the ground that decided to wear funny hats.
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Pictured: Psilocybe azurescens var. Pacific County, Fall 2021. My hand is tilted away from the camera so the mushrooms are actually larger than they appear in the pics lol, and you are looking "down" the stem that has flopped over where it meets the cap. Better pics to come.