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Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« 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.
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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2020, 10:32:05 PM »

yum yum
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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2020, 06:47:56 AM »

Ya dead yet?

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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #3 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.
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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #4 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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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #5 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.
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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #6 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.
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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #7 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.
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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #8 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.
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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #9 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.
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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #10 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:

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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #11 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.

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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2021, 06:35:51 AM »

You're not dead yet, since you posted yesterday.  Unless you are a zombie poster.
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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #13 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.

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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #14 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.

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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #15 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.

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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #16 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?
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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #17 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.

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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #18 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.
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