The difference between these and the Washington mushrooms are extremely significant. They are both wonderful teachers in their own ways, the European tend to be very peaceful and calming in their presence and more energizing than the Washington. Yet they are not as energizing as the Czech specimen. The Latvia are a very balanced Amanita, great for those just getting to know this teacher.
Cap shake…! This is the same mushroom as our other Euroepan listings, only this is the crumbly shake rather than prime-pick specimen. For those interested in Amanitas, seeking European specimen, and are unconcerned with aesthetics. 🙂 We only purchase caps wholesale, though the Latvia specimen have little stem bits attached, This is cap shake with very little stem material 🙂
These were used traditionally in Siberian shamanism. They also have a common mytical connotation in stories such as Alice in Wonderland, and are often used as a symbol for ‘otherworldiness’ in illustration. Read about the roots of the Santa Claus tradition in relation to these mushroms, lol pretty mindblowing stuff.
Not for human consumption!