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Old Oct 26, 2009, 1:04 pm   #1
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Purple Spored Puffball

Calvatia cyathiformis. Could be calvatia craniiformis but I think it's the former.

Not a big fan of these. It is purported to taste like the giant puffball. Anybody eat them? Anyone know how to preserve them?

There must have been 25-30 of these in the woods yesterday and most were less mature than the two I photographed.

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Old Oct 26, 2009, 5:18 pm   #2
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Re: Purple Spored Puffball

No idea Ed. I've been holding myself to "any purple spore isn't edible." Can't say its as fact but I've read a couple of purple spored puffers are inedible to mildly poisonous.
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Old Oct 26, 2009, 7:06 pm   #3
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Re: Purple Spored Puffball

Not a big fan of puffballs, but the ones I have tryed I made sure they were white all the way through.
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Old Oct 26, 2009, 8:55 pm   #4
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Re: Purple Spored Puffball

Yes, if the flesh is white and firm, it is a good edible. I just have never jumped up and down over the taste and texture of puffballs.

http://americanmushrooms.com/edibles3.htm

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Old Oct 26, 2009, 10:36 pm   #5
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Re: Purple Spored Puffball

have not tryed either C. craniformis nor C.cyathiformis have eaten C.gigantea, did not care for the texture nor taste, my socks would have had more flavor.LOL. I do enjoy the Pear-shaped Puffball
Lycoperdon pyriforme and the Gem-studded Puffball L. perlatum. All above mentioned puffballs are considered CHOICE when the spore mass is white.
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Old Oct 27, 2009, 9:30 am   #6
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Re: Purple Spored Puffball

I've tried C.craniformis and to me all puffballs taste the same. Like Leonard said. ( although I don't know what his socks taste like ) There is a cemetery by me where they grow like crazy. In all honesty, I have sliced them and fried them in butter and spread peanut butter & jelly on them, and they were pretty good. Kind of like a "french toast" substitute.
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