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I’ve been meaning to comment here for a few days now…
By: Soloist
2017-09-10 21:40:27 EDT (-0400)

…just went to and you beat me too it Ryan haha. Use your judgement is pretty sound advice, employ common sense. I would say that a lawn or field where one would collect Calvatia would be blatantly obvious if it were treated with chemicals. Anything to green, or to perfect, or to uniform (diversity/weed wise) I would say is a no go for edibles. Worst case, if you were to ask permission from a lawn owner you could ask that too. I collect these from school yards, neighborhood parks and “nature preserves” which here on Long Island is a county park for all intensive purposes. In each instance it’s clear given the overall state of the fields that they are untreated. Also, rule of thumb is to forage no less than 200 ft. from a road…a rule I regularly break in order to gain experience with given foragable. Like Ryan said though, when in doubt…

Hi Jesse,
By: Ryan Patrick (donjonson420)
2017-09-10 21:04:33 EDT (-0400)

As with any wild edible you’ll just have to use your best judgement. I collect these at a local park on soccer/lacrosse fields. I exercise there quite frequently and have only witnessed them using a manure solution a few times a year. If any other substances are used Im assuming they would be safe considering its mainly children using these areas or they would at least be using a marker if not. Also you’ll want to get these when they’re still pure white for better flavor, the ones pictured here are to far gone imo. “If in doubt throw it out.” Happy Hunting!

By: J. (Pondicherry)
2017-09-07 10:43:51 EDT (-0400)

I am seeing a lot of folks eat these puffballs, but I am worried about toxins applied to lawns and so forth where I see them if I were to attempt it. How concerned should I be about pesticides and so forth on lawn specimens?

Of course, I would never harvest any mushrooms without first asking permission to get them from a private residential yard.

Picked one of these up..
By: Soloist
2017-09-06 19:23:17 EDT (-0400)

…this am on my bike ride to work. Made a “lasagna” with eggplant and roasted peppers with it. Def a go to. Yum.