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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At a trade show in the early 1980s, I asked him why the puffball fad had faded so dramatically.
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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. Lesser known forms include the water molds, slime molds, rusts, smuts, and lichens.
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Most giant puffballs generally grow to between 10cms and 70cms (3.9ins to 28ins) in diameter but they can reach 150cms (59ins).
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Puffballs, known as calvatia gigantea by scientists, are rarely found in Scotland.
FUN GUY: Giuseppe Fois (right) with puffballs and mushrooms.