Emerald Mountain Legacy is dedicated to preserving and continuing the legendary work of Mack Anderson, better known as Mandelbrot or Ras Truth, who is renowned for bringing diesel fuel genetics to Northern California’s Emerald Triangle. After distributing the first clones of OG Kush and Sour Diesel in Humboldt County, Mandelbrot developed his own cultivars that became so widely propagated they are now esteemed as the foundation for the Emerald Triangle’s world-famous gasoline-scented high-grade.
At a time when it was difficult to find educational resources for cannabis breeders and cultivators due to widespread prohibition, Mandelbrot openly shared knowledge and techniques, encouraging other breeders and cultivators to build on his knowledge to continually elevate the industry standard for quality cannabis. He was an early proponent of sustainable, sun grown organic cannabi cultivation methodologies. Through his organic growing expertise, he helped to demonstrate that the best cannabis in the world comes from organic living soil and the sun, rather than synthetic fertilizers and HID lamps. Leading by example, he helped to spur the collaborative cannabis culture that exists around the world today.
The culmination of Mandelbrot’s breeding work is arguably the Royal Kush, which he described as “an indica-dominant hybrid of an old school southern Humboldt Purple Kush, the real Sour Diesel, and a pre-Soviet Highland Afghani.” Royal Kush has an earthy flavor, overtones of diesel fuel and gasoline, skunk spray and fermented grapes. It offers a sedative, deeply meditative, cerebral high. While Royal Kush earned its early reputation through its unique terpene profile and unrivaled potency, it has remained popular with cannabis growers and breeders around the world for its pest and disease resistance and its tendency to breed true, passing on its unique vigor and fuel forward terpenes to anything it touches. As such, Royal Kush has long been and will continue to be the centerpiece of our breeding program.
Mandelbrot was a visionary whose contributions to cannabis breeding live on throughout the Emerald Triangle and around the world. In his absence, his younger brothers Ben and Bogie are following in his footsteps- making sure these prized seeds remain available to the public as well as developing new variations on our tried and true fuel cultivars to suit the ever-evolving cannabis consumer market.
Team Emerald Mountain as we like to call ourselves, has two offerings- namely Emerald Mountain Legacy and Mandelbrot’s Family Heirlooms. Each with different end users in mind. The Emerald Mountain Legacy line is intended for seed enthusiasts who appreciate subtle variances in phenotypes and may want to do some level of breeding on their own. It is also well suited to those who want to find their phenotype and keep it around as a clone. While we are careful to cull sexually unstable progeny and to avoid undesirable traits, these seeds are not refined in the same way as our higher end line of seeds. The intent is to allow for some level of variation so that the consumer can breed in a direction of their choosing within the boundaries we set out for them with our selections.
Because these seeds took less time and energy to create, they are offered at a very affordable rate. Mandelbrot’s Family Heirlooms is the name given to our high-end line of seeds. This title and the lengthy process required to produce these boutique seeds is reserved for our most coveted lines. They were meticulously refined over many generations to lock in the desirable traits they were bred for. These seeds, refined by Mandelbrot himself, offer something truly special in their attributes and are guaranteed to produce a stable and consistently positive result. They come with a higher price point and a no-questions-asked satisfaction guarantee. We feel it’s important to make our customers aware of the different intended applications of our two lines of products.
Mandelbrot’s vision of cannabis breeding was a bit more complex than most cannabis growers today. He knew early on that you need to grow large and phenotypically diverse populations of plants to find the most exotic cultivars. Beyond that, there is something about the thrill of the hunt that excites some of us. Mandelbrot realized the importance of genetic preservation in cannabis. There is real danger that over time we will lose the breaqdth of genetic diversity in the cannabis genome that makes cannabis such a special plant. This is exacerbated by the fact that the cannabis consumer market often puts intense demand pressure on certain “flavor of the month” cultivars (read cookies, etc.). This leads to homogenization in the cannabis varietals that people grow. Breeding for phenotypic variation helps to avoid this potential homogenization problem. Seeds provide the perfect mechanism for preservation, just as Mother Nature intended.
On the other end of the spectrum, there are cultivators large and small who just want a good quality line of seeds for commercial cultivation. There is nothing wrong with this, Different strokes for different folks. We all know the market demands some degree of regularity. Unfortunately this creates a bit of a conflict of interest.