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Giant Puffball

"Ever see one of these before? Very cool and tasty but as always be careful!"

Answer: Giant Puffball

Facts as borrowed from Wildman Steve Brill:

The giant puffball is a whitish, Styrofoam-like globe as small as a softball or as large as a beach ball, with short, root-like mycelial (fungal) fibers connecting it to the ground.

It's white, soft and undifferentiated inside at first, like other puffballs, then sickly green-brown.

Finally maturing, trillions of microscopic spores emerge as a puff of dark brown powder when kids kick the mushroom. Caution: Beware the false giant puffball, a.k.a. the poison goalpost fungus, common in grassy fields throughout much of the Earth.

his mushroom is a choice edible. Trim away the cuticle (covering) if it's encrusted with dirt, and cut out any bad parts with a paring knife. Try not to wash this mushroom under water, or it will become too soggy to sautÚ.

Slice the puffball, sautÚ it, steam it, or simmer it in soups, like other mushrooms. It's also great baked or grilled. It has a rich, earthy flavor with a texture of marshmallows.

This mushroom doesn't dehydrate well. To store it long-range, cook it and freeze it.

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