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Mushroom-picker finds prize specimen [TX]
    #4438891 - 07/22/05 06:07 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Mushroom-picker finds prize specimen
July 22, 2005 - khou.com

TEXAS CITY - Gurney Coleman was down at the Whataburger on Wednesday morning bragging about his mushroom.

He found the 8-inch-tall fungus in the lawn of the Moore Memorial Public Library. It is the biggest he's ever seen.

And Coleman, 77, should know. Originally from Iowa, he grew up foraging for mushrooms. He used to hunt for them with his grandfather, father and uncle. They'd go up in the Iowa hills, find some good fungi and cook them up.

"They are a whole lot sweeter than the kind you get in the store," he said.

As Coleman got older and moved around the country, he continued mushroom-hunting. In Tennessee, he said, he had to get to the mountains early or other pickers would deplete Mother Nature's supply for the day.

About a year and a half ago, Coleman moved to Texas to be near his granddaughter. He's stopped eating wild mushrooms, saying he doesn't know of any edible ones in the Lone Star State.

Michael McGinnis, a fungi expert and University of Texas Medical Branch professor, said there are nonpoisonous mushrooms around, but you have to know what you are looking for.

McGinnis used to regularly identify mushrooms, but said he hasn't had a fungus ID request in at least 15 years.

After looking at some pictures of Coleman's mushroom, he said it was definitely a puff ball, a variety of mushroom that can grow quite large.

"There are some puff balls that are pretty doggone big," he said. "Some of those little rascals can get up to seven or eight inches."

Coleman said he's used to mushrooms about the size of a "spool of thread."

"I couldn't believe this one," he said during a visit to the site of his find.

Nearby some similar, but smaller, mushrooms had poked up from the rain-saturated ground.

While Coleman spoke, a man pulled up in his sport utility vehicle, parked near at the library and walked over with his camera to get pictures of the fungi patch.

He, too, said they were some of the biggest mushrooms he'd ever seen.


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Re: Mushroom-picker finds prize specimen [TX] [Re: veggie]
    #4438942 - 07/22/05 06:19 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Can anyone identify that mush?


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Re: Mushroom-picker finds prize specimen [TX] [Re: veggie]
    #4447784 - 07/24/05 08:16 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

puffballs can grow a whole lot bigger than that..


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Re: Mushroom-picker finds prize specimen [TX] [Re: GGreatOne234]
    #4447902 - 07/24/05 08:36 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I've seen em grow pretty big around here, nowhere near that big though.


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Re: Mushroom-picker finds prize specimen [TX] [Re: Cloud9]
    #4447947 - 07/24/05 08:44 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Is it edible?


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Re: Mushroom-picker finds prize specimen [TX] [Re: Innominate]
    #4447998 - 07/24/05 08:58 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Oh, yeah they are definitely edible. As I have mentioned in other posts, puffballs are one of my favorites. Great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


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Re: Mushroom-picker finds prize specimen [TX] [Re: veggie]
    #5830458 - 07/07/06 04:58 AM (10 years, 8 months ago)

I have seen many puffballs that dwarf that wee specimen on walks in the country - never knew they were edible - I shall be chomping on the next lucky ball of puff that my eyesight beams upon .

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Re: Mushroom-picker finds prize specimen [TX] [Re: Mirth]
    #5831165 - 07/07/06 01:32 PM (10 years, 8 months ago)

Once i was told, that the fluff powder inside the puffball was poisonous but could also be cooked to get rid of the poison and leaves a drug similar to cocainee but it can make you psychoo.

I'm aware this is bullshit, but there's always the possibility it isn't. Is there any species which relate to what i have said?


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