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Inspired by VinceSummers

A recent article elsewhere by VinceSummers who used to write on here was about different fungi, including puffballs . The very next day after reading it, I was wandering around Belfast's St George's Market, when I spotted puffballs for sale (by the slice, not whole). Of course, I didn't have a camera with me, so decided to go back the next week, with a camera and see if I could get a photograph.

Grown in Northern Ireland

The stall had puffballs available again, so i took a photo and got talking to the stallholder. He said they grew in his back garden, though he actually meant on his farm. He told me the biggest one he had harvested was 4.5 Kgs, about 10lbs in weight but an Australian visiting him had found one weighing 11Kgs back in Australia!


The puffballs are sold by weight. I got a slice of the cut one and was quite surprised to be charged £4 for it (About $6 or $7). I don't think I will be eating it every day but I will try it to see if I like it, as a special treat.

Image Credit » (c) MegL my own photo

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Kasman wrote on June 26, 2016, 11:10 AM

You have expensive tastes there. - that is almost on a par with the price of truffles! Mind you, I wouldn't eat either of them.

Last Edited: June 26, 2016, 5:27 PM

MegL wrote on June 26, 2016, 1:25 PM

I have never even seen truffles, let alone tried them. I didn't realise it would be so expensive! But still, the slice, together with a fried egg each, would feed four people, so not so bad, I suppose.

lookatdesktop wrote on June 27, 2016, 11:56 PM

I would pass on that but would rather eat a creme puff instead. lol

MegL wrote on June 28, 2016, 3:13 AM

LOL. Creme puffs would NOT be my favourite food.

VinceSummers wrote on August 16, 2016, 3:02 PM

Granted, that is expensive. But want to try something REALLY expensive? Try morel mushrooms. Check out their price online. And my advice is: not that good. Don't bother with 'em.

VinceSummers wrote on August 16, 2016, 3:04 PM

As to the confection Anthony mentioned, they are my very FAVORITE, but only if they are filled with genuine egg custard and are coated with confectioner's sugar. Yummy!

MegL wrote on August 16, 2016, 3:54 PM

Thanks. I will stick to the ordinary mushrooms. I like those. I wasn't impressed by the puffball taste either, very bland.

MegL wrote on August 16, 2016, 3:57 PM

Now, filled with confectioner's custard is totally different. Those used to be sold as "custard slices" and i loved them. They were made with flaky pastry and topped with icing. (Frosting?)