Giant Puffball

(Calvatia gigantea)

Conservation Status
Giant Puffball
 
  IUCN Red List

not listed

 
  NatureServe

not listed

 
  Minnesota

not listed

 
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Giant Puffball is the largest of the puffball species, reaching up to 20 or more across. No other puffballs in Minnesota exceed 4 in diameter at maturity. It is one of the “Foolproof Four”, the four most easily identified mushrooms. It is edible when young and solid inside.

 
     
 

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  Rich soil. Fields, woods, gardens.  
     
 
Habitat and Hosts
 
 

 

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Early spring to fall

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

4, 7, 24, 26, 29, 30, 77.

 
  9/4/2021      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Widespread and common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Fungi (fungi)  
  Subkingdom Dikarya  
  Division Basidiomycota (club fungi)  
  Subdivision Agaricomycotina (jelly fungi, yeasts, and mushrooms)  
  Class Agaricomycetes (mushroom-forming fungi)  
  Subclass Agaricomycetidae  
 

Order

Agaricales (common gilled mushrooms and allies)  
 

Suborder

Suborder Agaricineae  
 

Family

Agaricaceae (field mushrooms and allies)  
 

Genus

Calvatia  
       
 

The genus Calvatia was formerly placed in the family Lycoperdaceae. Recent phylogenetic analysis showed that family to be a subgroup within the family Agaricaceae.

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Langermannia gigantea

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

Giant Puffball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Molly Hastings

 
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Simone

 
 

Found three puffballs, one quite large in size, while mountain biking in the woods.

 
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Nicholas O

 
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Kelsey Spalding

 
 

Found by a creek in Carver County!

 
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Emily Miller

 
 

Found with our daycare kids on a nature walk!

 
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Tanner

 
 

found in outskirts of wooded area.

 
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Charles Widner

 
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Wayne Perala

 
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Eric Pagnano

 
 

Found September 29, 2015

 
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Mary Jo Blanchard

 
 

In the woods.

 
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St. Croix Valley Puff Ball

 
 

This particular puff ball mushroom was the size of a soccer ball!

 
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Giant Puffball Mushroom (Calvatia gigantea)
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Other Videos
 
  Edible Fungi: Giant Puffball
Blanche Cybele Derby
 
   
 
About

Published on Oct 19, 2012

The Giant Puffball ("Calvatia gigantea") & it's smaller relatives are good mushrooms for beginners to try as they have no gills and are white inside. Their taste is rather bland so they take on the flavors of whatever they're cooked with. DON"T EAT ANY MUSHROOM UNLESS YOU ARE 100% SURE OF ITS IDENTITY! Thanks to "burtontube" who pointed out to me that I should have said that puffball powder is a COAGULANT not an anticoagulant.I stand corrected.

   
  Giant Puffball Mushroom Size of a Beach Ball
LivingHistorySchool
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jan 5, 2010

Giant puffball mushroom found in Oregon (Calvatia gigantica) This is edible when it is white.

Used for making ink in Tibet. This edible fungus is the size of a beach ball.

   
  Fall mushroom hunting giant puffball mushroom/Calvatia gigantea/how to find wild mushrooms
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Published on Sep 13, 2012

Please comment, share, like and subscribe:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Earthwalker40 then check out http://www.blogger.com/profile/16589694922742883622 I found this wild giant puffball mushroom/Calvatia gigantea while fall wild mushroom hunting in a hardwood forest in Ohio on 9/12/12. How to find.

http://www.blogger.com/profile/16589694922742883622

   
  Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Series- Puffball Mushroom 1
Sigma 3 Survival School
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 6, 2012

This video describes the puffball mushroom and the dangers associated with the poisonous look alikes. We also cover one method for preparing a dish made from the mushrooms. This is video one of an ongoing series on wild plants. Help support us by subscribing! http://www.survivalschool.us

   
[NEWS] Giant Mushrooms Larger Than Basketballs Sprout up in Family's Backyard
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Published on Oct 10, 2013

Giant Mushrooms Larger Than Basketballs Sprout up in Family's Backyard

It was around the time Ed and Amy Delaney were celebrating an anniversary that Mr Delaney found a giant mushroom in their backyard.

So instead of the traditional bouquet of flowers, he decided to surprise his wife with the fungus.

Wife Amy came downstairs and was taken aback by the mushroom the size of two basketballs.

'I walked in and his arms were literally filled with this huge, disgusting white mass,' Mrs Delaney told WILX.

But that's not all. Mrs Delaney found an even bigger mushroom in their yard a few days later. In total, the family spotted four giant mushrooms in their backyard.

An expert at Michigan State University identified the mushrooms as Calvatia Gigantea, commonly known as giant puffball mushrooms.

Jonathan Walton an MSU professor of plant biology, says he's never seen a specimen this big.

Unfortunately for the Delaneys, the mushrooms aren't worth anything and Professor Walton doesn't advise eating them.

Giant puffball mushrooms look like giant rounds of fresh mozzarella, but they grow to about a foot in diameter. Some can grow as large as five feet in diameter and weigh as much as 44 pounds.

When the Delaney's daughter Madison Gomez had two of her friends over Friday, she told them about the mushrooms but they wouldn't believe her.

'I guess they didn't believe me, so I showed them and I guess they had second thoughts,' she said.

   
       

 

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  Heidi Voss
9/6/2021

Location: My yard in Bloomington, MN

Giant Puffball

 
  Molly Hastings
9/4/2021

Location: Inver Grove Hts

Giant Puffball

 
  Doug O'Connor
9/1/2021

Location: Golden Valley

 
  Tony
8/20/2020

Location: Hoyt Lakes

 
  Brienna H.
9/20/2019

Location: Alexandria, Mn

Have been finding A Lot of them in the woods in the past couple weeks:) 

 
  Simone
9/11/2019

Location: Southwest Becker County

Found three puffballs, one quite large in size, while mountain biking in the woods.

Giant Puffball

 
  Nicholas O
9/5/2019

Location: Elm Creek Park, Champlin

Giant Puffball

 
  Kelsey Spalding
9/1/2019

Location: Carver County

Found by a creek in Carver County!

Giant Puffball

 
  Emily Miller
10/18/2018

Location: Golden Valley, MN

Found with our daycare kids on a nature walk!

Giant Puffball

 
  Jon Nicholson
9/2/2018

Location: New Hartford Township (eastern Winona County)

I found one today, after a cold front came through, with a lot of rain. I also found one on 6-24-2018. A couple of years previously, I found a large group of them in late Fall, after they had all matured and dispersed their spores.

 
  Linda
9/19/2018

Location: Longville, MN

 
  Tanner
9/9/2018

Location: Kanabec County

found in outskirts of wooded area.

Giant Puffball

 
  mary junge
8/29/2016

Location: Purgatory Park, Minnetonka

about as big as a standard size globe

 
  Charles Widner
8/22/2016

Location: Polk County

Giant Puffball

 
  Wayne Perala
7/31/2016

Location: Ulen, MN. Ulen City Park

in the woods.

Giant Puffball

 
  Eric Pagnano
9/29/2015

Location: Chatfield, Olmsted County

Giant Puffball

 
  Mary Jo Blanchard
9/19/2015

Location: Deephaven, MN

In the woods.

Giant Puffball

 
  kball
9/6/2015

Location: Markham, MN

 
  St. Croix Valley Puff Ball
9/5/2015

Location: West Lakeland, MN

This particular puff ball mushroom was the size of a soccer ball!

Giant Puffball

 
  heffe'
9/4/2015

Location: Afton, MN

would love to eat this thing but afraid! Obvious it is a puffball!

 
  name withheld
8/18/2015

Location: Wright, MN

Carlton County

 
           
 
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