Puffballs


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Puffballs

 

fungi from the group of Gasteromycetes. There are about 100 species, primarily from three genera: Lycoperdon, Bovista, and Calvatia. They grow in meadows, pastures, and forests. The fruiting body of puffballs can reach very great size—for example, one species of Calvatia can be the size of a large watermelon and contain up to 7 trillion spores, which are released when the cover bursts. Young fruiting bodies are edible. Puffballs must be distinguished from the inedible common earth-ball (Scleroderma). In the early stages the fruiting bodies of both are white inside; in true puffballs they yellow and then turn brown, while in common earth-balls they turn black or violet.

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Theresa sliced up one of the puffballs, which was white and firm inside (from the book: "make sure they are not yellow or they will be bitter") and fried them with some butter and onions.
But with the weather having taken a turn for the worse (the driving rain is now coming down in monsoon proportions), the small group sheltering in the Housesteads' gift shop is hoping the expedition can be abandoned and the giant puffball located by more direct means.
Heather Campbell with the giant puffball, tipping the scales at well over five pounds, found growing on her fields Picture: JEFF PITT jp061008puffball-2
Giant puffballs should be firm and not soft (if your finger makes an indentation on the outer surface, leave it in the field, as it's already lost the peak of its freshness.
Fungi range in size and complexity, from microscopic organisms such as yeasts to the larger mushrooms and puffballs.
Karl Lagerfeld gets creative with everything from huge puffballs of feathers and fur, to a funny pastiche of a chair.
Puffballs, which are found worldwide, grow in the autumn and can be edible then.
Most giant puffballs generally grow to between 10cms and 70cms (3.
Each puffball releases 7000billion spores, and if all the spores from one puffball were to grow into puffballs themselves, they would carpet an area the size of the UK, with plenty to spare.
And although you wouldn't have thought there was much money in stinging nettles, seaweed or giant puffballs, he supplies posh restaurants such as The Ivy and Jamie Oliver's Fifteen, so he probably does all right for himself.
Lets hope impounded puffballs aren't afforded refugee status.