Wild Puffball Mushroom

I am so excited, once again I have found a Wild Giant Puffball Mushroom in the wooded area of our yard. This is the strangest looking thing to come across if you don’t know what it is.

Wild Giant Puffball Mushrooms are one of the best mushrooms I have ever tasted. Although they look totally different from the ones you buy at the store, they have a similar taste.

Click HERE to read my post from last year when I found my first Giant Puffball Mushroom in our yard. I have step by step directions of how to prepare and cook them and there is a printable recipe card.

http://www.InDianesKitchen.com

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    • They will keep coming back in the same spot if you let one die off and turn to spores. I only picked one from that spot last year and was totally shocked another one grew. Now I doubt I will get one next year since I picked the only one again! 🤣

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  1. Very cool. I just saw these mentioned on FB, by a young man who works to regenerate soil, get people gardening, etc. He had a huge puff ball, as big as a beach ball.

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    • Yes they only grow with good organic soil and the right conditions. Mine was growing near decomposing wood. They amaze me because they can double their size in a day or so. They can also get full of bugs if left to get too big.

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  2. it is fun to find one of these giant puff balls , and they do make good eating. Puff balls are edible, and a treat. However, there are numerous varieties of wild mushrooms, some which are edible and some that are NOT. My late husband was familiar with mushrooms, and he loved finding the puff balls…he would slice them and fry them, and they were yummy. But everyone should be aware of the danger of eating wild mushrooms that are poison, and can and do cause death of poisoning.

    I am not an expert on wild mushrooms, and won’t even attempt to harvest them. I might eat puff balls, but I never really cared for the taste, but my husband loved them.

    By the way, my late husband did not die of poison mushrooms … i just sayin’… 🙂

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      • He used to dry the puffballs then turn them to powder, and used for flavoring. He also liked them fried with meat. He cooked a lot when I was in school, a retired firefighter, he knew his way around a kitchen. 🙂

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      • Oh how lucky were you! I have dehydrated mushrooms but I never thought to powder them. I do that with jalapeño peppers though. Anyhow, when I get puffballs it’s never been more than one and that one never has a chance to be powdered! 😂

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  3. I am jealous! My wife and I found about 3.5 lbs of Shrimp of the woods yesterday along with a lions mane and some common puffballs…but I’ve never seen a Giant Puffball. Congratulations and enjoy!!!

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    • It is not normal to find them in your backyard, they are usually in a large woods. We have an old railroad section that is abandoned right at our property line that has turned into a wooded area and it popped up by an old decayed tree. Thank you!

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  4. I would be too scared to eat any mushroom growing in the field (because I have no knowledge of how to differentiate between the good and the bad ones)! But I must admit, I’m a little bit jealous of this giant puffball mushroom that grows in your garden!

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  5. Wow, that’s some mushroom…I love shrooms every which way but you are correct, Diane to warn against foraging and checking for sure before you eat my daughter in law forages and gets some wonderful mushrooms 🙂

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    • I have never foraged for mushrooms except with my dad as a child. It scares me to death that I will eat one that will make me sick or kill me. However, puffball mushrooms are so easy to identify and when you pick them they have that tiny little root feeding that huge mushroom ball, so I will eat them.

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