giant puffball mushroom

Giant Puffball Mushroom

  • Kingdom ………Fungi
  • Phylum…………Basidiomycota
  • Class ……………Agaricomycetes
  • Family ………….Agaricaceae
  • Genus……………Calvatia
  • Species ………..Calvatia gigantea

Calvatia gigantea (Giant Puffball Mushroom) known as pumpkin mushroom, zucchini mushroom, pumpkin ball mushroom, mega mushroom, huge mushroom, giant puffball mushroom, fairy ring mushroom. They can be extremely oversized. The size of this mushroom can be as big as a soccer ball. It was recorded that the largest giant puffball mushroom found in the wild was 120 cm wide and close to 20 kilos in weight. When the young giant puffball mushrooms are cut in half, the inside is a fairly pure white state, and when the mature giant puffball mushroom is cut in half, the inside parts appear as a yellowish green colour. Due to this reason, giant puffball mushrooms are collected and consumed before they are matured. Calvatia gigantea is a very delicious type of mushroom.

The giant puffball mushrooms are generally considered to be edible. The Giant puffball mushrooms do not cause any allergic reaction when they are eaten in immature. It should be consumed within 24 hours after harvest and should be stored in the refrigerator below 4 degrees until it is consumed. At we recommend you cut in halves before consuming giant puffball mushrooms found in the wild, and if it is in pure white colour then you should use. If the giant puffball mushroom is cut into two halves and it is not in pure white colour, we advise you to avoid consuming this mushroom. If you want to find giant puffball mushrooms in the wild, you can find it in hayfields, in fields, under hard-shelled trees, and rarely in graveyards (usually from the end of spring to the middle of autumn).

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