Giant Puffball

(Calvatia gigantea)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

Giant Puffball

NatureServe

not listed

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Widespread and common

Season

Early spring to fall

Habitat/Hosts

Rich soil. Fields, woods, gardens.

 
Identification

This 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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Sources: 4, 7, 24, 26, 29, 30, 77.

 
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Taxonomy

Division:

Basidiomycota (club fungi)

 

Subdivision:

Agaricomycotina (jelly fungi, yeasts, and mushrooms)

 

Class:

Agaricomycetes (mushroom-forming fungi)

 

Subclass:

Agaricomycetidae

 

Order:

Agaricales (gill mushrooms)

 

Family:

Agaricaceae

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

Giant Puffball

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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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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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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  Edible Fungi: Giant Puffball
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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

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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.

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  Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Series- Puffball Mushroom 1
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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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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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