Definition of cauliflower fungus in US English:

cauliflower fungus

(also cauliflower mushroom)


  • An edible fungus that forms a distinctive fruiting body with a yellowish lobed surface, growing on wood and other plant debris in both Eurasia and North America.

    Genus Sparassis and family Sparassidaceae, class Basidiomycetes: several species, in particular S. crispa

    • ‘Some rare fungi appear here also, for example the icicle, porcelain and cauliflower fungus, and the saffron milkcap.’
    • ‘Some of them used to be collected and consumed in the past: cauliflower fungus, toothed coral fungus and morels.’
    • ‘The more adventurous should also look out for the spectacular, nutty cauliflower fungus at the foot of pine trees or the under-appreciated oak milk cap, which has a carroty flavour.’
    • ‘Our western cauliflower fungus has a characteristic deep-rooted base, which the eastern cauliflower fungus lacks.’
    • ‘However, what is properly called cauliflower fungus in English belongs to another family.’