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Posted September 22, 2012 - 07:29 PM

My wife & I were out running the back roads today & spotted two soccer ball sized puff balls. We don't have any on our property, but we have some good bush wet lands. Has anyone had any success "relocating" puff balls?

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Posted September 22, 2012 - 07:35 PM

I occasionally get a type of them in my side yard, and I do NOT like them. They grow super fast & destroy the grass under them. Mine can get 1' in diameter, and leaves a dead spot when I get rid of them.
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Posted September 22, 2012 - 07:42 PM

I have never seen them that big before. As a matter of fact I haven't seen them around here for years and when they did show up the were no larger than a ping pong ball. Soccer ball size is huge.
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Posted September 22, 2012 - 08:48 PM

A customer had one a few weeks ago, about the size of a shrunken head.
I haven't seen him since.
He did say, he was going to eat it, as he use to with his grand dad.
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Posted September 22, 2012 - 10:14 PM

I've never heard of them. Are they edible? The size of soccer ball would make friends with a very nicely sized steak. Mmmmmm.
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Posted September 23, 2012 - 03:11 AM

I get those all the time!
Five to ten out there on my lawn right now.
I never considered eating them.
They grow to five to six inches.
When they turn black and rot I hit hem with the mower
And puff! A million spores all over the place!
I guess I'll have to change my tag to rock and puff ball farmer!

Joe
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Posted September 23, 2012 - 04:16 AM

We have tons of those on our property,but only about an inch in diameter.
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Posted September 23, 2012 - 06:48 AM

Yes, they are edible when fresh. Slice and saute in butter. They taste kind of like egg plant to me. Off course, make sure of your identification.
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Posted September 23, 2012 - 11:42 AM

Found some at the farm several years ago:

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Don't think these were "puffballs" though. Puffballs around here are much smaller! ~~ Lowell
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Posted September 23, 2012 - 07:32 PM

We cooked one up for supper. Wife made chicken in a white wine, tarragon & garlic sauce. Baked new baby potatoes on the side. Man was it good!

We took the other out to the forested wetland in hopes of seeding our own crop.
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Posted September 23, 2012 - 09:28 PM

I've eaten a lot of unusual things in my day but I can't imagine eating these puff balls. I suppose they would taste like chicken?

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Posted September 24, 2012 - 07:32 AM

After this was brought up, I looked for more info on the 'net. The giant puffball is edible as was said. However..... there are a lot of varieties of puffball, and some of them taste bad or may be mistaken for immature poisonous mushrooms. Again, I said be sure of your identification.
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Posted September 24, 2012 - 07:20 PM

Sorry to say it Cvans, but they taste like mushrooms, not chicken. Kind of like a mild button mushroom but the texture is much airier, less dense. I don't normally like mushrooms, but I take to these like a teenage to ribs!
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Posted October 30, 2012 - 12:33 AM

There are several varieties of puffball mushrooms, I can think of one poisonous one off the top of my head called Pigskin Poison Puffball (Scleroderma citrinum). A delicious little one is called Gem Studded Puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum) is a small variety up to two inches across but typically where I live an inch across or smaller. Many are edible and even described as choice. Pick when white and firm. Favorite personal recipes include: grill some bread-like slices with italian dressing, sauteing slices of breaded puffball mushrooms in olive oil and garlic. Came across this on the web, it is worth reading:

Some simple rules must be followed before eating giant or any puffballs.

The flesh of a puffball is called the gleba, and when immature (and edible) it is pure white and has the texture of marshmallow. Once mature the gleba’s color changes to yellow and brown and it should not be eaten at this stage because of its poor taste and possible toxicity. In addition to a change in color the gleba becomes powdery at maturity due to the spores and capillitium (sterile threads that hold the spores).
  • Cut all puffballs in half in order to be certain that there is no sign of gills. If gills are present it is not a puffball but instead the “button stage” of a gilled mushroom.
  • The interior tissue must be uniformly white. If it is yellowish or brown this means it is approaching maturity and might have an off-flavor or possibly be toxic.
  • If the mushroom is infested with insects/maggots it should be severely trimmed in order to avoid the infested parts.
  • The outside skin is easily peeled and should not be eaten if it is tough, leathery, or dirty.
  • Never wash the puffball with water as it will soak up water like a sponge and become very soggy.
  • The puffball can be stored for 2-5 days in the refrigerator without losing significant quality.
For the value of trivia another interesting tidbit:

The largest ever recorded giant puffball was eight feet, eight inches in diameter and weighed forty-eight pounds4. While mine wasn’t that big it was still huge–as you can see from the picture. It was calculated that a single ten-inch giant puffball has as many as 7 trillion (7,000,000,000,000) spores. If each of those spores grew and yielded a ten-inch puffball, the combined puffball mass would be 800 times that of the earth.
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Posted October 30, 2012 - 08:11 AM

Thanks, Melissa!!! Good info.




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