Giant puffball (Calvatia gigantea)
With the fruiting body edible only when young, this fungus becomes dangerous to eat once it starts decomposing. This funny-looking organism can grow up to 59 inches in diameter and 44 lbs overall. They are found throughout North America andEurope.
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The genus Calvatia (‘Gasteromycetes’, Lycoperdaceae):A review of its ethnomycology and biotechnological potential
Assessment of wild edible fungal production in Irish woodlands