So the husband and I were driving around like two teenagers with too much time on their hands… when out of the blue, I spied these with my eagle eyes.
GIANT puffballs, y’all!
What are giant puffballs, you ask? Which was exactly what the husband asked, too.
Well, let me enlighten y’all, foraging noobs!
Giant puffballs are a kind of edible mushrooms found in the wild. Also incidentally one of the easiest to identify due to their size. The biggest in the bunch there is more than a foot in diameter and about 3 pounds in weight.
Needless to say, my kitchen is now swimming in puffball heaven.
So far I’ve dehydrated most of them, but I’ve kept some slices in the fridge for further experimentation this weekend. So. Exciting!
P.S. Before you consume any wild mushrooms, please make sure you are 100% certain of their identification and edibility.
Now, let’s take a look at these!
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Of Goats and Greens says
Awesome puffball mushrooms!
YES!! I could hardy believe I found them. My first puffball! My first wild mushroom, period!
Rebecca - Glutarama says
I LOVE FUNGI! sorry to shout but my eyes popped out of my head when I saw those puff balls. I spotted some of the small ones recently and demonstrated to my son how they burst open to release their spores…I stamped on one and the spores shot up the leg of my jeans in a black cloud – needless to say, I won’t do that science experiment again!!
YES! I heard that’s what you’re supposed to do to the mature/brown ones to spread their spores, but I didn’t see any brown ones, only the pure white ones. My lucky day, I guess ?
Miz Helen says
Puff Balls, what a find!! Thanks so much for featuring my Curry Ketchup, I really appreciate it! Hope you have a wonderful week and thanks for the fun party!
The curry ketchup sounds very intriguing, Miz Helen. That may be the missing ingredient I need to add to my currywurst. Oktoberfest is not the same without currywurst ?
Hi, Angie; lucky you, and great eagle eye! I am so curious about those puffballs, I have never seen or eaten one. Thank you for hosting another great party; I am sharing #18 Pickled Cueritos (with Vegan Option!). Enjoy your harvest and have a fun weekend!
This was my first wild mushroom ever! My backyard is actually teeming with all kinds of mushrooms but I’m a little chicken trying them out. I need to be absolutely sure what they are before eating any! Puffballs are hard to misidentify, however, so I decided to proceed.
Your puffball musrooms look amazing! I don’t think I have foraged mushrooms in the past 30 years or so! I can’t wait to see what you will do! What do they taste like?
Thank you so much for the feature! And for hosting us all 🙂
Happy FF weekend!
This was my first puffball or any foraged mushroom ever. I did try several pieces sautéed in olive oil. The texture is a lot like tofu believe or not, or maybe eggplant. It’s not slimy or anything, but softer than most mushrooms. I’m going to try breading the pieces like chicken cutlets or katsu next.
Tea With Jennifer says
So interesting I don’t think we have those here in Australia.
I heard they sell them at farmers markets in UK, but here in the states I’ve never seen them sold anywhere. They’re mostly found by foragers in the wild.
Helen at the Lazy Gastronome says
Thanks for hosting the party – Hope your week is fabulous!
You’re welcome. Have a great week, Helen!
Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist says
Those Puff Balls are gorgeous. I love the idea of foraging for fungi, but don’t trust myself enough to know that I won’t pick the poisonous ones. Knowing my luck, I’d eat something seriously dangerous!
Thanks as always for hosting and for featuring my trifle xx
I’ve actually never really trusted myself to forage for mushrooms before, and this was my first foraged mushroom ever but puffballs are sorta hard to misidentify esp when they’re that large. By now obviously I know I’ve correctly identified these puffballs since I’ve tried them with no ill effects. Yay!
Morsels of Life | CJ Huang says
Woohoo for those puffballs! Thanks for hosting us once again. I brought by some DIY Soy Milk this week. It’s a quick and easy way to make your own. 🙂
I know, right?! I could hardly believe it myself I found those puffballs. Wow, diy soy milk, that sounds incredible!