Giant Puffball

It's giant puffball time
It's giant puffball timeCourtesy ARTiFactor
The first time I saw giant puffball mushrooms in the woods I thought they were gallon sized plastic jugs. One that I saw behind the Tea House in Como Park's Japanese Garden looked just like a soccer ball.

Giant puffballs are edible

I slice them like bread and fry them on a pancake griddle. For flavor I use various seasonings like cinnamon and sugar or Cajun spices.

My wife used to see them along the State Fair ground fences (North side).

If they are yellow inside, it is too late to eat them. The one in the picture was traded in at our Collector's Corner on Wednesday. I sliced it once to see if it was good. Today I sliced it again and saw the yellow color. Yuck! Eat 'em while they are fresh.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

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ARTiFactor says:

I also remember seeing giant puffball mushrooms in the woods by the Como Park tennis courts last year during the fall "buckthorn bust".

posted on Fri, 09/04/2009 - 3:15pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

What are the odds of eating one of these giving me fatal dysentery?
This is important.

posted on Thu, 02/25/2010 - 3:47pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

All members of the true puffball family are considered edible, but be sure to cut the young ones open to make sure there are no gills hidden inside. Also make sure it is clean and you should not have problems.

posted on Fri, 02/26/2010 - 9:38am
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Anonymous says:

these kind of look like mushrooms!! eewwwwwww

posted on Fri, 04/02/2010 - 2:32pm

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