Puffball mushrooms are members of any number of groups of fungus. Most puffball mushrooms are edible and make wonderful additions to a number of dishes. While puffball mushrooms are edible you still must take into consideration the fact that in the younger stage of the puffball mushroom´s growth they do resemble other mushroom species that are inedible.
Puffball mushrooms in there immature stage may resemble other mushrooms that have been deemed poisonous. These poisonous mushrooms include mushrooms with gills also known as agraicales, and death cap mushrooms also referred to as amanita phalloides.
When considering mushroom hunting for young puffball mushrooms they should be cut in half length wise. When cut in half in this fashion a true young puffball mushroom will have a beautiful white meaty flesh without gills. The fully grown puffballs are not easily mistaken, they can be found reaching sizes as small as a tennis ball and as big as a beach ball. The top of a mature puffball mushroom will have a distinguishing Styrofoam-like head, with short stout fibers that attach them to the ground.
Puffball mushrooms can commonly found growing in meadows, fields and deciduous forest all across the world. The best time to hunt for puffball mushrooms is towards the end of summer into the beginning of fall. The fruiting body of a puffball mushroom will begin to develop within just a few short weeks and soon after it will begin to decompose at which point the puffball mushroom becomes poisonous and inedible. So needless to say it is best to eat the puffball mushroom in their immature stage.
True puffball mushrooms include the Giant puffball found throughout North America, the Purple spore puffball, and the skull shaped puffball. All three of the previous mentioned puffball mushrooms are very large in size, edible and have been described as having a very bland flavor. Smaller puffball mushrooms that are hunted for consumption include the gem studded puffball and the pear shaped puffball which can commonly be found growing in clusters on the side of wood. However, while it is said to be highly unlikely for the pear shaped puffball mushrooms to be found growing off dead wood it does happen and these should be avoided. This is due to the fact that some mushrooms in which puffballs resemble do thrive off dead wood and are very dangerous to eat.
Again it is always a good idea to be knowledgeable of all the edible and inedible mushrooms when considering gathering them on your own. All puffball mushrooms no matter size, age or species should be cut in half length wise revealing their beautiful white edible flesh and should never present gills.
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