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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 »
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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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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #19 on: September 01, 2023, 02:55:23 PM »
We harvested and ate puffballs this year.  They were okay, but nothing special.  Very mild flavor and the texture was kind of bland too.  A quick chop and fry and they were great for adding to an omlette, though.

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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #20 on: September 01, 2023, 05:19:58 PM »
They are mild. Liberal seasoning works great so does toppings. They can be used like eggplant parmesan.
I'm also told they can be sliced, oiled, and used as a pizza crust with the usual pizza stuff on top.
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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #21 on: September 02, 2023, 10:53:46 AM »

Someone gave us a wild chicken of the woods mushroom a few years ago.  They are a supposedly "edible" mushroom that really does taste like chicken breast.  We all ate it, and were fine... except my youngest who vomited for two days.  Apparently a "rare" reaction.   :-[

I'm not touching wild mushrooms anymore.


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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #22 on: September 02, 2023, 12:37:02 PM »
I know a lot of people enjoy hunting and eating wild mushrooms but I am not one of them, other than morels. Morel hunting in Montana and other parts of the northwest is a commercial operation. Entire cities of pickers (mostly Hmong) set up and strip a forest clean. In some states they are limited to certain areas so amateur pickers have a chance. I used o go morel hunting in Montana, it was a great way to get out into the woods, the same as huckleberry picking in Idaho and Montana. Depending on what I could pick I would either keep them and eat them or trade some of the bounty for dried mushrooms so I could have them for soups and such.

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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #23 on: September 03, 2023, 12:32:34 AM »
I can only digest so many fungi wild or cultivated, so I get the digestive disturbances. I love foraging for them, but I give much of them away to friends.

I have at least 4 types of edible fungus in my back yard that I harvest but my neighbors benefit from the bulk of them.

Puff ball, fall oyster, chanterelle and hen of the woods season is just getting started in in my QTH.
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Re: Wild (giant) puffball mushroom
« Reply #24 on: September 03, 2023, 03:34:12 AM »
This was a new one this year, deaths being associated with raw or undercooked morels. It sounds like it really put a damper on the prices the foragers were getti g among other things.

https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/business/a-lot-we-dont-know-montana-mycologists-foragers-talk-morel-mushrooms-following-deaths-this-spring/article_372dbccc-41db-11ee-a63e-dfb2453e05e8.html

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