Paw Paws and a bonus pair of puffballs

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  1. Hoosier Sasquatch

    Hoosier Sasquatch Fawn

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    Anyone found these this year?


     
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  2. keeruss8

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    I found one ripe one Labor Day weekend in Cumberland county, peeled it and ate it on the spot!
     
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  3. Fur Feather

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  4. Hoosier Sasquatch

    Hoosier Sasquatch Fawn

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    I don't know enough about shelf-type fungi to comment. They can be tricky. Puffballs, if they are large and not much of a stalk, and the interior is a uniform, bread-like white, yes. The end of the video above has a good shot of the interior.
     
  5. Fur Feather

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    Those are about the size of a football. Here's 2 more growing next to them. upload_2017-9-15_16-23-47.jpeg
     
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  6. Hoosier Sasquatch

    Hoosier Sasquatch Fawn

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    From here they look like the big edible kind, Calvatia gigantea.
     
  7. RVtech24

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    I find them while kayaking along the Nolin river.
     
  8. Gforcetrivers

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    Puffballs are excellent eating. THEY MUST BE WHITE inside not tan, brown. Firmer the better. If they are black inside they are Earthballs and will hurt you. The other shelf type on the stump look like Hen's Back ( Dryads Saddle ) edible when small or cut off the outside edge. I would need a couple of more pics though to say for sure. Foraging the Earth is awesome.
     
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  9. bdbrown66

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    How do you cook the puffballs?
     
  10. EC

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    These are the only 'puff balls' I will risk eating.

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  11. nock

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    I've never been lucky enough to find any paw paws. I'd like to try one.
     
  12. Gforcetrivers

    Gforcetrivers 6 pointer

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    Peel, slice and saute, little flour S&P. If you can get them a little crispy...heaven. I sell wild mushrooms to local restaurants and those were some of the best. Chickens, Hens, Oysters, chanterelles all good and easy to identify.
     
  13. captain71

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    I found some pawpaws last year. I haven't been back where I found them last year. I been hunting that area for many years and last year is the first year I notice them.
     
  14. Bee

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    puffballs can be found in cow pastures and cut hay fields this time of year. If they are not firm to texture and solid white then l would leave them alone. Sometimes they get yellowish inside...i don't cook those. Thin sliced like a home fry potato thickness they are excellent just sautéed in butter with salt and pepper , as mentioned.
     
  15. nock

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    What areas do you find paw paws in?
     

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