Giant polystyrene puff balls land in Le Chatelier

We were out strolling last week and came across these giant puff balls (the fungus Calvatia gigantea, I believe) in a local field on the edge of Le Chatelier. At first we thought they were balls of polystyrene that had blown into the field from the nearby dairy farm.

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About Jim McNeill

I am a blogger on 'The Social History of the Touraine region of France (37)' and also 'The Colonial History of Pennsylvania and the life & Family of William Penn'. I am a Director of Fresh Ground Group Ltd.
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8 Responses to Giant polystyrene puff balls land in Le Chatelier

  1. drofmit4108 says:

    Jim the ones you’ve photographed, although open are fine to eat… the spores go yellow and then black when it is ready to burst and let the spores go. So long as the flesh is white it is good to eat.
    I think what has happened here is that the skin has dried quickly then the sporebody expanded… so it has burst [rather like some of our tomatoes].

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  3. As long as they haven’t turned powdery inside, they won’t harm you just not nice to eat. I like mine sliced as a steak and dipped in egg and fried.

    Love Colin XXX

  4. drofmit4108 says:

    Superb puffballs. Edible and excellent if still white inside [as these are]. Either slice and fry both sides in a little olive oil or treat as tofu and cut into 2cm dice. They also freeze quite nicely.

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