Lycoperdon pratense – Meadow Puffball

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The Meadow Puffball (Lycoperdon pratense) is an edible puffball mushroom that can be found in lawns, meadows, and parks.
Edible puffball mushrooms lack gills and are pure white inside. The meadow puffball has a stump-like stem, which differentiates it from the also edible Giant puffball (Calvatia gigantea) which lacks a stem.
Once the interior of puffballs starts to turn yellow or green it is no longer edible. Edible puffballs have a mild mushroom taste. They can be substituted for tofu, used instead of pizza crust, or dried and turned into flour.
Puffballs must be differentiated from toxic earthballs (Scleroderma citrinum), which have pale gray inner material which turns black with age.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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