The end of the summer has come. We have been to reunions and parties the last three weekends. We had a great get-together this past weekend here at our home. My cycling as been erratic, but I did get a chance to get a few rides in this past weekend. On one ride, I saw a large white ball sitting in the woods about 15 feet from the road. When I was riding back, I pulled off the road and went up to the white ball. Was it a bag of trash, a mushroom, a deflated toy ball?
I pushed it gently with my hand (no, I did not think it was some alien life-form preparing to turn me into a blob).
It was a giant puffball mushroom (Langermannia Gigantea). I took some pictures of it (in one photo I have a water bottle next to it). The puffball was about 12 inches (30 cm) at its widest. It was the largest one I had ever seen!
Just yesterday I saw 2 more nearby our house by the historic Bement-Billings homestead. It must be puffball season.
A site I frequent states these are edible when newly emergent. I like mushrooms, but think I'll pass on picking some myself. It would have been nice sliced and sautéed with a little butter though...