Cauliflower Fungus Sparassis crispa

Status Green - Least concern
Best Time to See July, August, September, October
Habitat Woodland

The semi-spherical fruit body has numerous flattened, crisped lobes on a short thick, rooting stem. Its colour is pale ochre to buff, but darkening with age.


Frequently occurs with coniferous trees. This parasitic mushroom has a preference for pines. It is often found on pine stumps and trunk bases. This fungus causes a brown cubical rot in infected timber.

When to find

Summer to autumn

Did you know?

Also known as the Brain Fungus, it can sometimes grow as big as a football. Cauliflower fungus is edible when young and fresh if thoroughly cleaned. The flesh smells sweetish and pleasant although the taste is not distinctive