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A few days ago wakanomori asked if it was coming round to puffball season, and then yesterday I found some of the small spiny ones in the woods, a nice large one in my neighbor's yard, and another one on a soccer pitch. Here are some pics

See how fluffy and white it is on the inside? You're not meant to eat it if it has begun to turn yellow. I cooked them in butter with leeks and salt.


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Sep. 6th, 2006 08:33 am (UTC)
That looks really good. Is it a type of mushroom? (Please forgive my dumbness)
Sep. 6th, 2006 08:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, puffballs are a very easy-to-identify, large, edible, and tasty mushroom. The fact that they're large means that if you find just one or two, you can make a meal of them.

here's a link that seems pretty accurate. I always peel them.

and look how large a giant puffball can get! (Mine were only fist sized):

Sep. 6th, 2006 11:52 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link. They even had recipes! A little scary that the immature Amanita looks like a Puffball and is poisonous. This would be where one would REALLY have to know their mushrooms.
Sep. 6th, 2006 12:43 pm (UTC)
Actually, they're not that similar--if you cut open the puffball, it should be pure white, with no structure, whereas an immature amanita has gills and such in it. But, as I know from personal experience, sometimes one can be wrong!

(The poisonous mushrooms I ate were a completely different type--nothing like puffballs. They tasted delicious! But made us very ill later...)
Sep. 6th, 2006 12:13 pm (UTC)
What do they taste like? Can you get them in the U.K?
Did you eat them with anything else?
Sep. 6th, 2006 12:37 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, they do have them in the UK, too--you can find them in lawns and meadows and things. This site might help: http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/justthejob/followyourdream/time/r_getstarted.shtml

I don't think they're grown commercially, though; I think you have to find them...

They're very very mild flavored; some people like them with eggs. They were just great with leeks; I imagine they'd also be good with, say, thyme or oregano, just fried, and maybe with some wine thrown in. But wait--YOU are an excellent cook--you should come up with some recipes for ME!
Sep. 6th, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
oh, lovely, I do love mushrooms, but we dont pick any; we have to buy them here.
Sep. 6th, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC)
Well, it's probably much safer not to pick them, but this species is very very identifiable and hard to confuse with anything else, so it's a good one.

Did you know you can grow your own mushrooms? I've never tried this, but, for instance, if you like the shiitake mushrooms used in Japanese and Chinese cooking, you can buy wood that has been treated with the spores--theoretically it will sprout the mushrooms!

One field trip we went on when I was in elementary school was to a place where they grew mushrooms commercially. They grew them in darkened cellars. It was interesting.
Sep. 6th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
The bottom picture reminds me of an opened coconut. Looks rather tasty. As a coconut, or a mushroom..
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