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Old 09-11-2006, 11:47 AM   #1
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Get a load of this Mushroom!

It's getting to be that time of year again here in southern Michigan. One of my MIL's former neighbors brought over this the other day:



The salt is just for scale. The giant puffball mushroom is about the size of a soccerball.

I know my MIL will want to cut it up, bread it, and fry it. The only problem is, I don't like the taste or texture of her product. She doesn't season it much, if at all, and it ressembles a flavorless sponge.

Maybe I should take some of the Drake's mix I have laying around, and make a beer batter and deep-fry them myself. I know that works good for button mushrooms.

A couple days ago, I killed some time before going to work by exploring a patch of woods I've never walked through. I saw several more giant puffball mushrooms. One was similar in size to this one, but was "gone to spore" and not edible. The others looked good, but were slightly smaller. I didn't pick any other them.

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Old 09-11-2006, 11:51 AM   #2
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OMG, this is a mushroom!!?? I thought it to be a giant potato!!
I love just about any kind of shrooms, I would love to have a taste... how about slicing it up and grilling it? That may bring out a flavour.
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Old 09-11-2006, 12:12 PM   #3
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I am a litle envious. I have always wanted to try puffball. My mother is fairly good at IDing local shrooms at home, but more by good luck than skill I think. I daren't risk ever having wild mushrooms picked by her or me.

I would definitely not miss the chance to boost it full of flavour though, please let us know what you do! (photos of the end product would be good too!)
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Old 09-11-2006, 12:23 PM   #4
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Geez....I remember when you had those friggin enormous morel mushrooms....I need to start buying my shrooms from you Allen!
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Old 09-11-2006, 12:36 PM   #5
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I did a quick Google search of "puffball mushroom" and found quite a bit of information. This site included one caution about certain varieties that are poisonous: http://www.wildflowers-and-weeds.com...operdaceae.htm

It also has some suggestions for cooking them, but notes that they aren't very flavorful.

Here are a couple of other interesting links:

http://www.und.nodak.edu/org/ndwild/puff.html

http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Mus...0Puffball.html

The last one has some great photos.
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Old 09-11-2006, 02:00 PM   #6
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Chef Jimmy, I didn't pick the morels, someone else did, and my Chef bought them from that person.

Did I post my Chantarelle pics on this website? Here is is again, just in case:



About a month ago, I found a small patch of Chantarelles sprouting up in the woods. Then, it freaking dried out for 3 weeks with no rain. As soon as the rain returned, so did the Chantarelles. Unfortunately, it's only like a dozen or so at a time, enough for personal consumption.

The Chantarelles were in the same park as the puffballs, but about a mile away, as the crow flies. This is a huge park. I've been told that you can find some Morels in there during April, but I'm usually to busy doing something else at that time.
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Old 09-11-2006, 07:31 PM   #7
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Puffballs are kind of the tofu or chicken breast of the mushroom world--no flavor. My son says they are like marshmallows without the sugar.
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Have you checked the vicinity of these 'puffball mushrooms' for telltale signs of pod people escaping? Is your mother in law acting normal or does she seem 'off' to you?


I don't know about you, but a mushroom of this size scares the 'pip' out of me.
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Old 09-11-2006, 08:42 PM   #9
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Holy cow!!!! That is one big mushroom!!!!
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Old 09-11-2006, 08:48 PM   #10
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Have you checked the vicinity of these 'puffball mushrooms' for telltale signs of pod people escaping? Is your mother in law acting normal or does she seem 'off' to you?


I don't know about you, but a mushroom of this size scares the 'pip' out of me.
ROFL! My MIL has never seemed "right" to me. Anyone who LIKES breaded meat "simmered" in oil instead of properly fried just ain't right.
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