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Giant Puffballs up in LaSalle County
Posted: 04 September 2011 12:03 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Was out squirrel hunting yesterday in LaSalle County (got 2).  Saw something white near a fallen log in the distance.  Thought maybe oysters, but it turned out to be 2 giant puffballs.  One was growing up through a branch and had kind of mangled itself.  Tried attaching a photo, but the system said it was too big-will try and figure out how later if I have time.

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Posted: 05 September 2011 08:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Can u eat those?????

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Posted: 06 September 2011 07:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Yes you can, slice them up and fry in butter and whatever seasonings you like.  There’s a lot of other recipes on line (and instructions as to how to prepare them for cooking, storing, etc.).  There are no dangerous look-alikes except when they are real small there is one poisonous mushroom that starts growing in a ball before it breaks out into a normal looking stem & cap mushroom.  So cut them in half and look for structure like stems, gills, caps.  A puffball will be solid inside.  Outside of that, nothing else looks like them.

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Posted: 06 September 2011 07:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Murdy, What about hen of the woods?Are they good also??????????

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Posted: 07 September 2011 06:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I know they are edible, and I believe they are considered a relatively safe mushroom to pick, but I don’t have much experience with them.  In the fall, most of the mushrooms I find are found when I am hunting, so they have to stand out pretty good (oysters, puffballs, chicken of the woods), hens blend in, and since I’m not looking, I don’t find them.  I think they are coming into season about now.

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Posted: 09 September 2011 03:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Hen of the Woods is my favorite mushroom.  Prefer it over morels, oysters, and chicken of the woods.  The handful I have found are always in Oct and usually quite large.

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Posted: 13 October 2011 11:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Hen of the woods mushrooms or sheepheads as locals around me call them are my favorite mushroom also.  They are very good for cooking and pickling.  I have been finding them since the first of October.  They can grow very large and usually I find them close to oak trees.

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