Scleroderma citrinum "False Puffball", "Pig-skin Poison Puffball" Firmer than true puffballs. Spore mass or gleba turns from white to purple to black. When mature, the outer crust-like covering (peridium) cracks open and spores are released by wind currents and rain drops. It is mycorrhizal with hardwoods and
conifers like most other members of the Boletales
order. Gastrointestinal irritant.
The bolete that grows from this
scleroderma (Pseudoboletus parasiticus) is edible and has a mild carroty taste and chewy texture, though
you may not like the slimy consistency that is characteristic of many edible