Magic mushrooms: they can give you the most intense, colourful trips. However, there’s a very dark side to it that stops some people from enjoying the effects to the fullest: the taste. Especially the taste of truffles. Some describe it as cardboard-like, others compare it to rotten walnuts. Everyone has their unique idea of what exactly it tastes like. But I think we can all agree – except for some lucky ones who are not bothered by it - that eating magic mushrooms is definitely not a piece of cake.
That characteristic taste of truffles
Many believe that, if you don’t treat the truffles with respect (in other words, cursing them when you are chewing them, on the verge of rage-vomiting), the truffles will not treat you respectfully either. And even if you don’t believe in the spiritual powers of the fungus, you would probably agree that a negative experience when you’re consuming them can totally start your trip off on the wrong foot.
The internet offers a lot of well-intended advice. Like putting your truffles on a peanut butter sandwich. Or making it into a smoothie. Some of these things might offer some relief. But the flavour will always be present.
The advantages of truffle tea
The very simple solution is tea. You won’t have to deal with the weird texture of the shrooms. You can add extra ingredients to mask the flavour and enhance the effect (for example lemon juice to make it hit you harder and faster, or ginger to reduce potential nausea). Another great plus is that this tea will make you less nauseous. The nausea that often occurs when you eat truffles is not caused by psilocybin, but by the actual fungi. However: this tea hits you faster than eating it. So make sure you’re all set and comfy when you take it. And prepare for a super positive, nausea-free trip.
We won’t leave you in suspense any longer. Here is a recipe for painless truffle tea. Behold!
What you need:
- Truffles. The same amount as you would take if you'd eat them (but it will work just as well with fresh mushrooms; 10g to 20g for a medium trip).
- A truffle grinder
- A tea pot
- A tea screen
- Lemon juice
- Other tea to mask the flavour
How to make truffle tea?
- Make sure you have enough water for about one cup per person; you don’t want to have to drink unnecessary amounts (because when I say painless, I mean relatively painless). Boil the water.
- Chop the truffles or mushrooms. It’s best to make them as small as possible (I mean, do you want that psilocybin or what?) You could use a truffle grinder to do this in an easy and non-messy way. Put the ground shrooms in the teapot.
- Add the water. Make sure it’s about 80°C (boiling hot water will just make most of the active components evaporate). Add some tea leafs if you want. Personally, I don’t as the faint mushroom flavour makes the tea taste weird. Adding ginger is recommended. Not necessarily for the flavour but for nausea reduction.
- Let your witches’ brew sit for fifteen to twenty minutes.
- Pour your tea, through the tea screen, into a cup. You can squeeze the truffle chunks with a teaspoon to make sure you get most of the fluid out. Also, don’t throw the bits out! You can use them for a round two if you want to re-dose – just use the same recipe.
- You’re left with a grayish, cloudy brew. Doesn’t look very appetizing, but it’s really not that bad. It smells faintly of truffles and hardly has any flavour. This will probably do the job for most people. But if you’re still not convinced; you pinch your nose while you drink it, you won’t taste a thing. And wash it down with a nice drink (as long as it's not fruit juice because that might actually reduce your trip).
So, dear deserving readers. Trip safely and enjoy!
Author: Sterre Marrée