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i found a huge softball like fungus !!! -pics!
    #3083518 - 09/02/04 05:45 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

so i was walking through the woods today and i found this giant egg looking thing, so i went to pick it up and it was attached to the ground, it was the size of a softball atleast 16" around
whe i tapped it it sounded hollow, but when i cut it open it was solid through
it was found on the floor of the woods off of an old abandoned road. in the chicagoland area, we have also gotten large amounts of rain recently and mushrooms and fungi are everywhere.
it smells very mushroomy, thats all i can say
what is it?
i remember some town folk talking up at a campsite i stayed at not too long ago about some giant puff balls that met this description being a choice edible when fried up with some butter.



btw that is a quarter in the scan for size comparison


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Re: i found a huge softball like fungus !!! -pics! [Re: ZippoZ]
    #3083632 - 09/02/04 06:11 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

hahaha looks pretty fat, does it have a stem or anything??


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Re: i found a huge softball like fungus !!! -pics! [Re: ZippoZ]
    #3083772 - 09/02/04 06:41 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

a little nub where it grew from the ground


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Re: i found a huge softball like fungus !!! -pics! [Re: ZippoZ]
    #3083907 - 09/02/04 07:18 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

its a Giant Puffball. They can grow to be the size of a soccer ball.
Edible.


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Re: i found a huge softball like fungus !!! -pics! [Re: mycoguy]
    #3084753 - 09/02/04 11:21 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Those things are edible?? I used to always find these out by my friends house. We live in the chicagoland area as well. We used to pick them up and dropkick them and they would EXPLODE EVERYWHERE. It was awesome. I was about 10 at the time btw.


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Re: i found a huge softball like fungus !!! -pics! [Re: ZeaL311]
    #3084905 - 09/02/04 11:55 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

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Those things are edible?? I used to always find these out by my friends house. We live in the chicagoland area as well. We used to pick them up and dropkick them and they would EXPLODE EVERYWHERE. It was awesome. I was about 10 at the time btw.


yes they are great, just get them while they are still solid all the way thru. if they make it to the "exploding on impact" stage, they are too old


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Re: i found a huge softball like fungus !!! -pics! [Re: ZippoZ]
    #3084924 - 09/02/04 11:58 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

still solid and in my fridge. personally i cant stand the taste of any mushroom, but im sure that others i know will be happy to cook it. how does one go about it, any recipies?


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Re: i found a huge softball like fungus !!! -pics! [Re: ZippoZ]
    #3084937 - 09/03/04 12:00 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

The most common recipe for the large puffballs is to slice them about as thick as bread, then bread and fry them. Try a google search for "puffball recipe".

Happy mushrooming!


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