Puffballs are common, delicious mushrooms. They smell, taste and cook like the button mushrooms you buy at the grocery store. Only difference is they don’t have a stem. Even if you have no intention of eating one, if you ever find one, please break it open and smell it. You will be surprised!
They tend to grow abundantly, providing an easy to collect supply for a meal. This photo was taken 10/6/16 in southern Maryland shortly after a heavy rain.
The critical factor is to pick them while they are snow white. Once they look like little potatoes, you don’t want to eat them.
When you cut them open they are no longer white all the way through.
Another example of interior discoloration. Sorry I forgot to cut open a fresh, white one and photograph it. My friend and I were too busy eating them.
Here are the same mushrooms at the last stage of their development on 10/26/16. They all have wonderful little holes that shoot out puffs of gray ‘smoke’ when you tap them or kick them. Hence the name “Puffballs”! Having found this patch, I will check the area regularly and report. Would you consider eating a puffball? Ask your nose!