A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Friday 7 October 2011

Giant Puffball

Autumn to us symbolises fungi as conditions dampen. This morning when looking out from the window we noticed some large white things in the fields across the valley so we took a look. As you can see this puffball is already quite large apparently they can grow to about 1ft. (30cm) in diameter. They then turn brown and produce a massive amount of spores. Giant puffballs can be eaten if picked early whilst the flesh is still white. They are best sliced and fried in butter and have a mushroom flavour.

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