Sparassis crispa - Cauliflower Fungus- Sandringham Estate Park, Norfolk
Just returned from a superb mini break to Norfolk. Perfect time of year (commencement of fungi season) to pay a visit to the magical Sandringham Estate Park, Norfolk. Would definitely return. A great peaceful vibe and variety of trees. A very impressive park with two walks. Sun low in the sky and the wonderful smell of leaf mould and fungal spores - so was hopeful of finding some mushrooms.
Cauliflower fungus is, as the common name suggests, resembling a cauliflower. Even the florets and stem on close inspection look like so. The texture is elastic and the mass is tight.
Characteristics: large cauliflower mass. Creamy initially but darkening with age. At the base or near conifers. Up to 60 cm diam. Comprising a large number of flattened wavy lobes all joined together from a central stem which is short. Texture firm and elastic. Mild sweet smell. Summer to Autumn. Not common.