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10-kg puffball found by mushroom picker in Bashkortostan

September 11, 2014, 8:21 UTC+3 UFA
These mushrooms appear from August till late October on the fringes of forests, in fields, grasslands and the steppe, expert says
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UFA, September 11. /ITAR-TASS/. A mushroom picker in Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan has found a giant langermania, or puffball, weighing ten kilogrammes, ITAR-TASS learnt from a local dweller who had reported the find.

“I have never heard about such giant mushrooms of that species in our republic, although I have heard about a 30-kilogramme langermania found in another region,” Svetlana Kuchervoa, a researcher of the Botanical Garden of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Ufa Research Centre, told ITAR-TASS. “This mushroom is referred to as a ghost mushroom because no one knows how it emerges and when disappears. Such mushrooms appear from August till late October on the fringes of forests, in fields, grasslands and the steppe - only in open terrain.”

When young, when its flesh is elastic, dense and white, the mushroom is edible. “If the flesh is yellow or brown, the mushroom is rotten and it’s better not to run chances,” she said.

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