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Above, Alex and Maria Kopecky picked this giant puffball mushroom in the Gulliver area. The basketball held by Alex has a 30-inch diameter, while the mushroom has a diameter of 33 inches and weighed in at 4 pounds, 4.5 ounces. Giant puffball mushrooms, calvatia gigantea, are commonly found in meadows, fields, and deciduous forests in the late summer or early fall. In most cases, the mushrooms are edible. 8p1.jpg