Observation 74096: Lycoperdon pyriforme Schaeff.

When: 2011-08-16

Collection location: Apple Park Apartments, Olympia, Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)

No specimen available

Large clusters fruiting(in beauty bark) around a sprinkler head- beneath pine and rhododendron.

Temp: 78, sunny clear.

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Mushrooms and environment
By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2011-08-18 03:49:42 CEST (+0200)

Drew, I perfectly understand your concerns about collecting mushroom for the table from sites of dubious environmental status. This is very wise in light of a recent case of severe arsenic poisoning resulting from consumption of morels collected at old apple orchards in NJ (I personally know the victim, a longtime member of NJMA):


I am usually mindful of this issue, too, though one of my favorite collection sites in the NJ Pine Barrens is adjacent to an abandoned railroad that has been successfully taken over by nature. The major concern there comes from the wooden ties treated with creosote and/or other preservatives, though I hope that due to the tracks’ old age most of the chemicals on the surface have already leach away, owing to decades of exposure to the elements, and didn’t stick around in the porous sandy soils of the region.

As far as L. perlatum is concerned, I’ve never eaten a gasteroid fungus in my life, but a quick Google search yielded the following link at the top of the first page that may be of interest to you:


Didn’t try-
By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2011-08-17 20:04:53 CEST (+0200)

them out because of the location they were fruiting from… Our apartment complex entrance is on the corner of a very busy road and also I don’t feel comfortable consuming mushrooms that may possibly be soaking in fertilizer. I have eaten gemmed puffballs before, though-but found them to be rather bland. Just like C. comatus I feel that you have to be very discriminating with the locations you collect them from. Do you have a method for prepping these for the table that you would recommend?

Gregarious growth
By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2011-08-17 06:14:06 CEST (+0200)

in the world of edible puffballs at its best, and it’s not like they lack “lebensraum” to grow like this on the top of each other… According to Roger Phillips, L. perlatum is “edible and good — when the flesh is pure white”. Looks like they are white, young and firm. Did you try any by chance?

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