Giant Puffball

Giant PuffballGiant Puffball

Latin name: Calvatia gigantea --EDIBLE--

The Giant Puffball is easily recognizable by its size and shape – it typically resembles a football, but can sometimes grow much much larger. It is creamy white when young becoming yellowish inside when older and brown and shrivelled outside.  Once ripened it releases millions of brown spores, and the remaining thick, brown structure can last for years. Giant Puffballs are good to eat when young and white and have been described as being rather like tofu.

They are commonly found from late summer to autumn in grassy fields and open woods, sometimes under nettles and brambles – the section of the Alderney Community Woodland above the golf course is a good place to look.

Status in the UK: common
Status in Alderney: common