Giant Puffball Mushroom

We found this giant mushroom by the pond in our yard. I had never seen one before and we were very surprised at the size of this mushroom. It looked like a giant ball and had a leathery textured surface. We looked it up and found the following. Calvatia gigantea, commonly known as the Giant puffball, is a puffball mushroom commonly found in meadows, fields, and deciduous forests worldwide usually in late summer and autumn. They also said it was excellent for eating, but we resisted going that far. This one, when we first found it was about 12-15″ in diameter. After we had moved it, the Giant Puffball, over time, started losing its firmness and mass.

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Closeup Detail of Giant Puffball Surface

 

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Giant Puffball by the pond

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Giant Puffball surface after it was “picked” and starting to dry out and was less “firm”

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Giant Puffball with dollar bill for scale

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