Puffball mushrooms at Kinsey Park
They had just returned from a mushroom hunting expedition at Kinsey Park and the 2 neighboring homes and had struck pay dirt.
Boxes of Puffball and Morel mushrooms were their prize.
This was back in the late 1950s and I was just a kid. What was so exciting about mushrooms I wondered? They were good to eat! (I was a picky eater back then and wouldn't touch even a button mushroom with a ten foot pole!)
But last weekend, I spotted 3 while on a walk--one in the park, 2 in nearby yards. Another name for them is Le crâne de la mort, Skulls of the dead in French, and they do resemble a skull. If you are in the woods, keep your eyes open for the puffball mushrooms.
They are interesting and edible. BUT BE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING BEFORE YOU CONSUME THEM!!! Check the websites below. They have good photos and compare the true puffball with the deadly, smaller look alike.
Let me know if you have ever eaten them. I have never quite had the nerve to try them.
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