It’s a Puffball!


For several days something that appeared to be a mushroom sprang up in the yard and got bigger and bigger and bigger until it was larger than my head.  Thinking to trash it before it took over, I pulled it off the ground and was blown away by how much it weighed.  When I started looking at it, trying to recall my limited mushroom knowledge, the first thing I noticed was it didn’t have any gills.  

Curious now, I took it inside and cut it in half to find that it was dense from top to bottom.  Now, really puzzled, I posted this photo on Facebook and asked for someone to identify it.  Immediately, several Maine folks informed me it was a puffball mushroom that was deliciously edible.

I wasted no time experimenting, first sautéing it in butter to get a feel for the taste.  It was quite mild with a very nice flavor.   Since then it has been used in scrambled eggs and spaghetti sauce and added to stir fried veggies, all of which worked beautifully.

So far so good with no ill effects which led me to think about a soup.  Now, that was a real winner.  The hubby went so far as to say it was the best mushroom soup he’d ever had and that’s something since he loves the one we learned on one of our Foodie Adventures with Michael Salmon.

Quite honestly, to make the soup I just started throwing ingredients…celery, a couple of small potatoes and baby carrots…in the pot and simmered them in chicken stock.  For seasoning, I used a garlic/herb mix, onion powder, dried fire roasted tomatoes, salt and pepper.  When the veggies were tender, I added about 5 cups of puffball, broken into small pieces, and let it cook for a few minutes longer.  While the cooking continued, I used an immersion blender to puree the mix.  At the last minute a cup or so of milk was added.  

Now, for the taste test….scrumptious!  It was just the right thickness with flavor that made taste buds sing.  I don’t know whether or not I’ll ever be lucky enough to have another puffball volunteer in the yard, but my fingers are crossed because I have ideas for a few more things to try.  If you’ve had experience with this unusual mushroom, do share.

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19 thoughts on “It’s a Puffball!

  1. Well, talk about “walking on the wild side “! This is amazing. You had me at ‘so I took it inside’. I’ve had giant mushrooms before, but I never even considered that one of them might be edible. You are a true adventurer/explorer. Thanks for sharing your find, plus the soup ingredients. CherryKay

    1. I’m so glad to have investigated because the results were amazingly good. I’ll be keeping my eye out for another.

  2. That is awesome, Linda! So glad you found this gem in your yard – and enjoyed so many creations with it. Happy day!

  3. That is one fabulous mushroom experience, Linda. Take a bow! Such a master chef while using the mushroom!😎

    1. I hope to have another opportunity to experiment!

  4. Fun and brave! Glad you found a delicacy out your door.

    1. It was fun discovering something new.

  5. Wow! That thing is a giant! You really have to have a lot of moxie to try that! I’m proud of you for being so brave! I would’ve hired a royal taste tester! 🤣🤣🤣 I’ve never seen such a massive mushroom!🍄

    1. The only thing that worried me was figuring out what to do with it.

  6. I cannot believe you were brave enough to eat it! Your knowlege of mushrooms is certainly more thorough than mine.

  7. Interesting.I love learning new things. I am impressed with your adventurous spirit.

    1. I wouldn’t have tried the puffball without being sure it was edible.

  8. Linda, what a mushroom! I would have been slightly afraid to try it…but it was definitely a win for you! The soup sounds amazing!

    1. Once I knew it was edible it was fun experimenting!

  9. Wow….never heard of this before. How cool

  10. Oh my goodness!!!! That is huge!…and I have to agree with Alycia..I would have hired a taste tester!…you are always the perfect foodie to try everything! Are they rare?…and can you purchase it? Hey, you never know that your property just may turn into a Puffball farm!

    1. I had enough positive responses to feel pretty safe trying the puffball, and I’m glad I did!

  11. Good mercy that gigantic mushroom is edible, and an even plus … delicious! Imagine how disappointing if it wasn’t for that size. 😀

    1. I got tired of using it before it was all gone though everything I tried was really good.

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