I've been eye'ing what appears to be Wild Turkey mushrooms that occasionally grows in my backyard, but in my research I came across a mention of False
Turkey Mushrooms. So I haven't been brave enough to try them.
HOWEVER, it's a coicidence that this thread has been revived. This very afternoon, I came across a mushroom that looked every bit like a puffball mushroom in my front yard. It was about the size of a good sized grapefruit -- I don't know if that would put it in the right size range for the Giant Puffball mushroom. It was growing where the weeping Cherry tree has grown a very long root reaching almost to the house, probably to take advantage of where the rainspout drains out. Last year, I found a large salad plate sized mound of brown powder in the grass that I had guessed had been a Puffball mushroom that had gone to spore, and it had been located above another long exploratory root of the same Cherry tree.
Now, I have read many, many descriptions of (Giant) Puffball mushrooms, and that they are nearly the safest wild-picked mushroom to try as a neophyte. I cut it open top to bottom as recommended and it looked like I'd cut a bread/pizza dough ball in half. All within safe ID parameters. So I decided to go ahead and take the culinary plunge.
I sliced, EVOO/butter sauteed and ate a piece. Yum!
Over about two hour period, I ended up eating almost 1/4 of the entire mushroom (probably more than I should, if there was any doubt at all but it was really good...
). I've sauteed the other 1/4 with some greens and am now cooking it with brown rice and green shelled California #5 black-eyed peas for dinner. I've sliced up the other 1/2 and put them in the dehydrator since DH is refusing to trust my ID and I don't want to eat the whole thing by myself right away. (Well, it's probably better that at least ONE of us remains cautious
If I you don't see me come back to the forum tomorrow. You'll know what happened.