Sparassis crispa (Wulfen) Fr.
cauliflower mushroom
Sparassidaceae

Species account author: Ian Gibson.
Extracted from Matchmaker: Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest.

Introduction to the Macrofungi

Photograph

© Paul Dawson     (Photo ID #83782)


Map

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Distribution of Sparassis crispa
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Species Information

Odor:
spicy-fragrant, (Arora), strong, somewhat disagreeable or like smoked bacon, (Castellano), pleasant (Ammirati), quite pleasant, faintly of aniseed, (Lincoff(1)), not distinctive (Miller)
Taste:
pleasant, of walnut, (Lincoff(1)), mild and pleasant (Miller)
Microscopic:
spores 5-7 x 3-5 microns, elliptic, smooth, inamyloid, colorless; basidia 4-spored, 40-60 x 4-8 microns, clavate; cystidia absent; clamp connections present, (Castellano), spores 5-7 x 3-5 microns, broadly elliptic, smooth, (Arora)
Spore Deposit:
white (Castellano)
EDIBILITY
edible and exceptional: thorough cooking needed to render it tender, for instance gentle sautéing or parboiling followed by baking or stewing, (Arora), leave the base when collecting for food, so that it will fruit the next year, (Ammirati)

Habitat and Range

Habitat
usually single at or near the bases of conifer trunks and stumps, fruiting usually in the late fall or winter, (Arora), single, typically within 2 meters of the base of a living coniferous tree (Pseudotsuga, Pinus), fall, (Castellano), fruiting in late summer and fall (Miller)