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puffball mushrooms NEW
by: Julie

I just picked a puffball. I sliced it open and it is entirely white inside. However the center looks a bit grainy. Is this normal?

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by: Anonymous

I got this one today! It’s like a beach ball size . Do you think if I slice some off I can keep the rest in the fridge for a couple days?

Puffball Feast!
by: Amy

Hi Patricia,

Wow, you are so lucky to have this giant puffball patch that keeps coming back on your property! Great job entertaining your friends and family with them.

As for freezing: I've never tried it with puffballs but I haven't heard good things. I've read in a few places (including Michael Kuo's excellent "100 Edible Mushrooms") that freezing and thawing them results in a very mushy mushroom. Better to use them as quickly as you can.

And to answer Allen's question below, they'll keep in the refrigerator for a few days. Once they start getting soft and spongy spots though, it's time to use them or lose them!

I can't believe how many people are writing to me about giant puffballs. The puffball season is truly upon us!

Thanks Patricia! :)

They're yummy
by: Patricia

Sliced up the giant puffball mushroom that I picked yesterday and refrigerated overnight, washed it and sliced it slicing bread. Peeled it of course then fried in olive oil greased cast iron pan. Came your wonderfully and shared them with friends and family. Tomorrow I'm going to try to make cream of mushroom soup when I pick another one. Has anyone ever sliced and frozen them? Pat

Mushroom photos
by: Patricia

Bracket mushroom near puffball ones
by: Patricia

Giant puffball mushrooms
by: Patricia

Can't remember how to put photos on here! Hope this works.

giant puffball mushrooms
by: Patricia

Hi Amy~good to hear from you, it's puffball mushroom time again and I have 4 of them on my mulch pile, will send photos as soon as I download the ones that I just took this morning. Picked one of them and have it in my kitchen sink where I washed it. What I want to know is if I can slice it up and freeze it? Hope you'll get back to me ASAP so that I can pick and freeze them hopefully.
This will be my first year picking and cooking them and I'm a little nervous about it but have heard so many good things about them.

2 puffballs
by: Allen Whelden

just found and picked 2 puffballs 10" in diameter (not circumference)each weighed 3 to 3.5 lbs here in Plattsburgh NY. trying to figure out how to cook them. was looking for ideas when I came upon your site. Nice site, good tips on id'ing them. how long will these keep before they need to be cooked? took pics not sure how to load them though.


How to Cook Giant Puffballs
by: Amy

Yes, I believe they would. The key with puffballs is too not cook them in too much oil (some is okay, but don't go overboard!). Otherwise they will absorb it all and you'll be left with an oily chunk of mushroom that will sit in your stomach like a lead weight!

Coating them in batter and frying them up is also good. Again, just don't drown them in too much oil.

I'm sure other people have tasty puffball recipes out there! Try an Internet search if you get desperate for information.

Cooking puffballs
by: Patricia

To cook them do I just slice and fry them, would they be good in spaghetti sauce or ways that I use other mushrooms?

Puffball Species
by: Amy

Yes, there is a difference.

There are many different species of mushrooms that are referred to as puffballs. There's our famous and beloved giant puffball (Calvatia gigantea), but there are also many species of smaller puffballs as well.

It should be known that the little ones that people love to stomp on are NOT just immature giant puffballs, so they may not be safe to eat. I'd recommend the below two pages for info on puffball species in general:

Puffball mushrooms
by: Patricia

Took more photos today of the puffball mushrooms in my backyard, guess they like the mulch pile as they're much bigger!

giant puffballs
by: Jane Noponen Perinacci

You can slice them like bread, or, at least the ones I found were able to be sliced like bread - very meaty! Now, I remember finding smaller ones and when we stomped on them a sort of dust went flying everywhere. Amy, is there a difference?

by: Amy

Hi Patricia,

Great picture! Unfortunately I think you tried to send two other pictures but they didn't come through on my end. If you have more I will gladly add them. Do watch your puffballs and keep us updated if they get any bigger.

I've been inundated with puffball emails recently, including someone from the UK. If you haven't seen it yet, I gave these giant mushrooms their own page here:

It's also awesome to hear from someone else from New England. I'll be driving past Greenfield tomorrow on my way to Northampton. I'll send you the puffball vibe! ;)


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