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Title: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
Post by: Kingcreek on September 24, 2020, 09:14:42 PM
I’ll never pass up another one. I see them along the road or along tractor paths and I’ve messed with them in years past. I usually find them after the brief time when they are not buggy or turning brown.
Tuesday eve went for a walk with the wife on our one lane remote road and saw nothing. Wednesday morning there was a beautiful pure white unblemished mushroom about the size of a volleyball across from the drive.
I peeled it and sliced it about 3/4” thick slices and then into triangular wedges. Dipped in egg and rolled in Italian bread crumbs and fried in hot oil in a vintage cast iron skillet. Moved to a platter with paper towel and topped with grated Parmesan cheese immediately while hot.
It was damn good. If I die with horrible abdominal pain tonight because of fungus misidentification or gall bladder revolt, it will have been worth it. It was that good.
Carry on.
Title: Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
Post by: charby on September 24, 2020, 10:32:05 PM
yum yum
Title: Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
Post by: K Frame on September 25, 2020, 06:47:56 AM
Ya dead yet?

Title: Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
Post by: Kingcreek on September 25, 2020, 06:57:25 AM
Ya dead yet?


Made it through the night! Feelin alright!
I live 1/2 mile from a state park. I think I’ll hunt early tomorrow morning for another one. They can get as big as a bushel basket. They’re only good when very fresh and they’re not fresh long.
Title: Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
Post by: K Frame on September 25, 2020, 07:26:42 AM
Mushrooming in a state park?

Here in Virginia I think that's a crime....
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Post by: Fly320s on September 25, 2020, 08:23:20 AM
Good thing I don't have to forage for my food.  I can't tell a mushroom from a toadstool.
Title: Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
Post by: charby on September 25, 2020, 08:24:54 AM
Mushrooming in a state park?

Here in Virginia I think that's a crime....

We can in Iowa for mushrooms and berries, nothing else.
Title: Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
Post by: Kingcreek on September 25, 2020, 09:10:35 AM
It's allowed here in Illinois but now that I think about it, I'll have to check. Parts of the park are also open to dove and squirrel hunting.
Title: Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
Post by: K Frame on September 25, 2020, 09:44:51 AM
I'm looking more into this, and it may be legal in Virginia. I thought it was illegal.
Title: Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
Post by: Kingcreek on September 25, 2020, 10:15:37 AM
I mowed over a hen of the woods mushroom last weekend before I saw it. I was on the tractor with a 72” rough cut deck on the back. They usually grown on a rotten stump but this one was 10’ from the tree line. They are a better fall mushroom than puffball.
Title: Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
Post by: Silver Bullet on September 25, 2020, 12:13:04 PM
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I can't tell a mushroom from a toadstool.

The mushrooms are the ones with the hollow points.   :old:
Title: Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
Post by: cordex on December 27, 2020, 10:45:02 PM
While hiking my new property with my girls today I came across some of what I'm pretty sure are oyster mushrooms.  They checked all the boxes - correct color and size, oyster shape, smooth cap, decurrent gills, shelf-like clusters, little/no stem, white flesh, growing on dead hardwood, smells a bit like fish when cooking.  I sautéed them and ate a small piece tonight.  If I'm not dead tomorrow I'll eat a full mushroom and see what happens.

I don't believe there are any poisonous mushrooms that match the description but I guess we'll find out.  Tasted pretty good, although I over-salted a bit.
Title: Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
Post by: Fly320s on January 03, 2021, 06:35:51 AM
You're not dead yet, since you posted yesterday.  Unless you are a zombie poster.
Title: Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
Post by: cordex on January 03, 2021, 08:02:33 AM
You're not dead yet, since you posted yesterday.  Unless you are a zombie poster.
Could you tell the difference?

After a few days of eating it I had no problems so I let my youngest daughter try some too. She liked it quite a bit and asked that we look for it again next time we hike the property.

Should be decent morel hunting next year too.
Title: Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
Post by: Nick1911 on January 06, 2021, 11:42:05 AM
I had no idea those things are edible.  They were common where I grew up.  Once they dried out a little, they were great fun to shoot at.
Title: Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
Post by: cordex on April 30, 2021, 03:07:40 PM
A cop friend stopped by my property to hunt morels.  He found almost 50 and told me where to look.
Title: Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
Post by: Fly320s on April 30, 2021, 04:43:51 PM
A cop friend stopped by my property to hunt morels.  He found almost 50 and told me where to look.

Did he use his service pistol or bring a rifle?
Title: Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
Post by: cordex on April 30, 2021, 04:56:42 PM
Did he use his service pistol or bring a rifle?
Rifle, of course.  Mushrooms can be deadly.
Title: Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
Post by: Ron on May 02, 2021, 09:07:28 AM
While out on local hikes/rides last week I saw the morels have been popping.

I used to really look forward to the spring ritual of hunting/picking them. I still enjoy the hunt but rarely pick them any longer.