Giant Puffball

December 3, 2012

The giant puffball (Calvatia gigantea) is a puffball mushroom found the world over at the end of summer into fall.  It is very common in Europe and North America.

Specimens are best eaten while still white.  Yellow and brown colors indicate the formation of spores which can cause some digestive distress.  Differentiate a edible puffball from its poisonous look-alikes by cutting into the mushroom’s flesh: inside, a puffball is pure white.

Some of these things get huge.  Typically giant puffballs are collected around a 10-inch diameter, but some twice this size and may weight over 40 lbs.

Puffball sections are typically sauteed, broiled, grilled, or fried.

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