I slice mine about a quarter inch thick. Then dip them in egg then put them in a garlic powder n flower mix then deep fry them until golden brown.they have a lite mushroom tatse n firm texture my gilfriend n I love them n can never find enough.
Calvatia cyathiformis are okay, much better than giant white puff balls which do make an excellent pizza crust when sliced a half inch thick and then put mushrooms with flavor and other pizza stuff on it, baking normally.
Man I hope to find a bid puffball so I can try the pizza crust God that sounds so good thxs for the thought . I need to get a book so I can get more mushrooms to try we love UN n if in out diggin or scouting why not get soon goodies too
Hope the same for you too hobler, September is usually the time of silly puffball wars in Ohio, and Latt and I were really surprised about 6 weeks ago. I forgot my username to set up different forums with pics of the 25 or so edibles I eat from Ohio which are in most other states right now as well from home. Maybe i will get around to it but after the nice 3 inches of rain ovber my wildlife areas here around Dayton, after work at 2 today....to da WOODS! Nothing wrong with the pear shaped puffballs you found, a bit more flavor than the giants so I try them each season. Speaking of Septemer, maitake or hen of the woods, coming to a large oak near you!