Inspired by VinceSummers
A recent article elsewhere by VinceSummers who used to write on here was about different fungi, including puffballs . The very next day after reading it, I was wandering around Belfast's St George's Market, when I spotted puffballs for sale (by the slice, not whole). Of course, I didn't have a camera with me, so decided to go back the next week, with a camera and see if I could get a photograph.
Grown in Northern Ireland
The stall had puffballs available again, so i took a photo and got talking to the stallholder. He said they grew in his back garden, though he actually meant on his farm. He told me the biggest one he had harvested was 4.5 Kgs, about 10lbs in weight but an Australian visiting him had found one weighing 11Kgs back in Australia!
The puffballs are sold by weight. I got a slice of the cut one and was quite surprised to be charged £4 for it (About $6 or $7). I don't think I will be eating it every day but I will try it to see if I like it, as a special treat.
Image Credit » (c) MegL my own photo