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giant puffball hunt
    #3142714 - 09/16/04 09:48 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

this years giant puffball (calvatia gigantea) season here is almost over, but in some places you still can find some.
when going by bike we saw this fairy ring in the field on the opposite hill, which is a sure sign that giant puffballs grow there when the temperature is ok:




When we came back with the car and searched the darker grass in the field we found some small to medium sized giant puffballs:






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Re: giant puffball hunt [Re: ragadinks]
    #3143012 - 09/16/04 12:08 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

wicked cool..

what state/country are you finding those things???


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Re: giant puffball hunt [Re: GGreatOne234]
    #3143066 - 09/16/04 12:21 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

in austria, but I think you can get them almost in any country with a moderate climate.
Maybe also the PH of the soil plays a role - here they do not grow where there is limestone.
When I have measured the PH of the soil where they grew on I got a value of 5.0-5.5 ! That's a bit acidic I think ?


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Re: giant puffball hunt [Re: ragadinks]
    #3143308 - 09/16/04 01:26 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

These never fail to make me laugh. :laugh:


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Re: giant puffball hunt [Re: ragadinks]
    #3143975 - 09/16/04 04:11 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Damnit, I've never found these things.
I really want to find them and cut them up into "steaks," marinated them, then grill them.


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Re: giant puffball hunt [Re: Gumby]
    #3144165 - 09/16/04 04:52 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

:crazy2:


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Re: giant puffball hunt [Re: ragadinks]
    #3144182 - 09/16/04 04:59 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

that made me think of willy wonka for some reason


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Re: giant puffball hunt [Re: TugBoat]
    #3144187 - 09/16/04 05:01 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

"willy wonka" - who is that ?


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Re: giant puffball hunt [Re: ragadinks]
    #3178913 - 09/25/04 02:52 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Willy Wonka is a ficticious person who makes candy and has a huge candy factory.


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Re: giant puffball hunt [Re: Cryogenicz]
    #3179154 - 09/25/04 04:24 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

i think that it's funny because those are only small to medium sized! hah! yeah lets' grill those bad boys good for vegans.

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Re: giant puffball hunt [Re: cosmicsea]
    #3179167 - 09/25/04 04:29 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

yeah, the bigger ones easily can have double the size of these here.
But then even a couple of persons have their difficulties eating one at once - you always have to invite some friends or give part's of it to them...


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Re: giant puffball hunt [Re: ragadinks]
    #3180327 - 09/25/04 09:51 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I'm still finding these in MN, as they grow proliferously here. can these be misidentified? the ones i find look exactly like those pictured except that they have splits in the outer layer.


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Re: giant puffball hunt [Re: nevry]
    #3181564 - 09/26/04 02:58 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

splits is when it matures it breaks open and lets its spores out .. to eat them you have to get em fresh before any spores are created inside


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Re: giant puffball hunt [Re: nevry]
    #3182007 - 09/26/04 07:58 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

> I'm still finding these in MN, as they grow proliferously here. can these be misidentified? the ones i find look exactly like those pictured except that they
have splits in the outer layer.
Only because of their size you hardly can misidentify them.
Have you got some pics ?

When they are still edible the surface should be smooth and when you cut them in the middle they should be totally white.
If there are getting yellow or even brown they have started to sporulate.
When they are really old only a dark brown sponge remains that looks like this one:


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