The cauliflower fungus or wood cauliflower as it is otherwise known is a very intriguing looking fungus that we first found whilst walking through the new forest in the month of October. It is very easy to see why it came to be called after the cauliflower with a large white florette made up of thin, wavy clusters of flesh, roughly 10-50cm in diameter. When young it has a clean white/cream, moist appearance, which yellows, dries and stiffens with age. It has a slight cheese aroma. We found this to be one of the very best mushrooms we have eaten, if a little difficult to clean sometimes as dirt and pine needles become trapped in the flesh of the fungus.
This fungus appears mostly in northern Europe and is fairly common where conditions are favourable.
Cauliflower grows in coniferous woodland, usually found at the base of pine trees growing amongst the loose pine needles
It is usually found in prime season, September to November.
One of the finest tasting mushrooms there is, a wonderful treat.
Cauliflower fungus is fairly distinctive, but those who have not yet met this fungus could possibly confuse it with the zoned rosette or the rosso coral.