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    Giant Puffball Mushrooms

    OK....So I'm in the yard this weekend near my firepit (back of 5 acres.) I look toward the front of the yard and see (3) large balls of white. From a distance I thought that some Egrets or something had roosted down in the yard. As I watch, I notice they aren't moving at all. Upon closer inspection - I had (3) giant puffball mushrooms blooming in my yard (referenced numerous books, etc. to make sure it was a safe, edible species.)

    Check these suckers out!

    Inside was a consistent, firm white almost tofu consistency (if yellow, it's not edible anymore - we kept it around to see the change and it's dramatic how yellow it becomes after about a day from picking)

    Long dimension across this thing was 18"

    Raw had little flavor, but I could see this cubed and acting just like tofu in a dish (sucking up the surrounding flavors and adding volume.)

    Tried some fried in a pan with butter (decent), but my wife didn't get motivated fast enough to process a decent amount that first day and we ended up throwing most of it out as it had started to yellow (that one mushroom probably weighed in at 3-4 lbs or so.)
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    I'll have to admit, I have never seen anything like that. I'm afraid I would have been looking for the spaceship that it came in on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2LaneCruzer View Post
    I'll have to admit, I have never seen anything like that. I'm afraid I would have been looking for the spaceship that it came in on.
    First time I've seen it as well. Supposedly these pop up in the same place year after year and "sprout" in about a week. I had mowed that path only 5 days before and nothing was there at that time.

    We'll do some research this year so that we're ready when they pop up next year to be able to preserve them. Seems like a great - FREE - foodsource. We try to get everything we can out of our yard - got 6 gallons of blackberries and mulberries this year - great crop.
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    Had some at the farm a few years ago: Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by grnspot110 View Post
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    The one on the ground next to my oldest was about that size. Apparently these things typically can get upwards of 3ft in diameter with some almost 5 ft and 44 lbs!

    Calvatia gigantea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Mushrooms, yuck


    But those are cool
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    Quote Originally Posted by psrumors View Post
    Mushrooms, yuck


    But those are cool
    I'm not big on mushrooms at all, but I was impressed how little "mushroomy" flavor there was to this. I'm always on the look-out for yard edibles - you never know when that kind of knowledge may come in handy.
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    We get mushrooms all the time in our yard, not the same as yours, and in various "varieties". But we're not as adventurous as you are to eat them. We're kind of afraid of not knowing what's good and what's "deadly".

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomfive View Post
    We get mushrooms all the time in our yard, not the same as yours, and in various "varieties". But we're not as adventurous as you are to eat them. We're kind of afraid of not knowing what's good and what's "deadly".

    Thanks for sharing.
    Did a fair bit of research on these before diving in. All the information we found was pretty clear on what the skin and insides were to look like (color and texture) as well as if there were any poisonous look-alike species (which there aren't for this giant variety of mushroom.)

    We've also found what I believe are morels in the yard, but there are nasty varieties of look-alikes on those so we've just left them be.

    Never know when you bite into a mushroom if you're going to get a meal, a trip to the hospital, or just have a good time and run around in the yard naked for 8hrs or so laughing and watching flying pigs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sstlaure View Post
    Did a fair bit of research on these before diving in. All the information we found was pretty clear on what the skin and insides were to look like (color and texture) as well as if there were any poisonous look-alike species (which there aren't for this giant variety of mushroom.)

    We've also found what I believe are morels in the yard, but there are nasty varieties of look-alikes on those so we've just left them be.

    Never know when you bite into a mushroom if you're going to get a meal, a trip to the hospital, or just have a good time and run around in the yard naked for 8hrs or so laughing and watching flying pigs.
    Some of us don't need mushrooms, or any other mind altering items for that!
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