I went for a hike on Monday and, after several rain showers in the prior weeks, giant puffball mushrooms (Calvatia booniana) had sprouted up everywhere. I stopped counting after coming across fifty of them. They were all well past their prime and not worth harvesting.
Jack O’lanterns and Chanterelles
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you sure those aren’t zombie brains? I’ve never seen such a thing.
Earth warts. . .
These really do look like something an Alien would have left behind. You eat them???
I do eat them when I found them young enough, but unlike a few types of wild mushrooms that I eat, I don’t go out purposely looking for puffballs.
Interesting..they must be good then.
Wow how do they taste?
They have an unremarkable flavor. That’s why I don’t bother actively foraging for them as I do some other wild mushrooms.
Very neat! Saw them once in the San Francisco Bay Area.