Foraging for giant puffballs

Foraging for giant puffballs (Calvatia Gigantea) is a straightforward endeavour, they can be found in meadows and fields during the late summer and are easy to recognise.  Last weekend on our 1 Day Foraging Course Nicola and I found some giant puffballs but they weren’t ready for picking.  So we went back yesterday to see how they were.  From previous experience we knew that the slugs like them so we weren’t too disappointed to find that one had been well and truly munched but fortunately for us one was perfect.  So we took it back to camp and cooked it up.

We followed a Roger Phillips’ recipe of slicing it, coating in batter and breadcrumbs and frying.  It’s absolutely delicious, a bit like a crispy mushroom flavoured marshmallow!

At the right time of year you can join us foraging for giant puffballs on our 1 day foraging courses.  You can see plenty of photos from these courses, as well as all of our others, on our Facebook page.

About Gary

Lead Instructor at Jack Raven Bushcraft, teaching bushcraft, wilderness and survival skills to groups and individuals.

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