It’s a giant puffball mushroom!
The “beach ball-sized” mushroom was found by a visitor in Jester Park, Iowa.
The mushroom was measured at 45 cm across and 25 cm deep. The average size of puffball mushrooms typically range between 20cm to 30cm across.
Puffball mushrooms are round in appearance and are typically white to olive brown colored. As puffballs age, though, their centers turn yellowish-brown, eventually drying and producing spores.
And not just a few spores: A single giant puffball can have up to as many as 7 trillion spores.
But still, why the “puffball” name?
Its because when you squeeze them, all the spores will kind of explode from the puffball itself.
You can eat puffball mushrooms. Puffballs can be sauteed, broiled, or breaded and fried.