Inventory, lb : 5.00
This item was last sold on : 02/22/18
The Cauliflower mushroom is a large, capless mushroom composed of clusters of frilled, leaf-like branches emerging from a joined base. Its appearance resembles a coral reef, though its name suggests it looks like a head of cauliflower. Its surface and flesh color are both ivory white to pale cream. The texture is crunchy and firm, though brittle to the touch and must be handled carefully. The mushroom gives off deep aromas of musk and earth. The flavor is mild with notes of fennel and almond. The older, more mature specimens can become quite tough and bitter tasting. The largest mushrooms can weigh up to one pound. The sign of an aging heavy mushroom are droopy browning branches; these should be avoided. Cauliflower mushrooms have no poisonous look-alikes.
Cauliflower mushrooms are available in the fall.
The Cauliflower mushroom has collected many scientific names: Sparassis, S. spathulata, S. radicata, S. crispa and S. herbstii, though it is only one mushroom. This particular specimen is Sparassis radicata. It is a wild edible mushroom of the Sparassidaceae family. The differences in these species is environmental and depends entirely upon the tree host; though some physical variations may exist.
Cauliflower mushrooms contain a constituent called sparassol, which is an anti-fungal and antibiotic. The leafy mushroom also contains beta-glucans which have been shown to slow tumor growth.
The Cauliflower is subject to woodland bugs and debris and must be carefully cleaned before cooking. Cut into florettes, batter or saute. Leave whole, then dredge in tempura batter or breading and fry. Pair with rice, asparagus, eggplant and fresh sorrel. Cauliflower mushrooms are great in soups or consumes. To store, keep mushrooms refrigerated in a container between damp paper towels. For best quality and texture, use within one week.
In Japan, Cauliflower mushrooms are known as hanabiratake and are cultivated for both edible and medicinal purposes.
The Cauliflower mushroom can be found growing at the base of conifer trees, specifically Douglass Fir and Bishop Pine trees on the West coast of the United States and at the base of hardwood trees on the East coast. Cauliflower mushrooms tend to grow in the same spots year after year. Fruits develop on the trees in the fall, depending on region. In North America the Sparassis radicata can be found growing along the West Coast in northern California up to British Columbia and Sparassis crispa is found on the East coast up into Canada. S. crispa is also found in Europe.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Wrench and Rodent||Oceanside CA||760-840-1976|
|Golden Door||San Marcos CA||760-761-4142|
Recipes that include Cauliflower Mushrooms. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Hunter Gather Cook||Pan Fried Cauliflower Mushrooms with Sorrel|
|Fat of the Land||Cauliflower of the Woods|
|Wake Up and Eat||Cauliflower Mushroom on Toast|
|Fungu Perfecti||Hot and Sour Cauliflower Mushroom Soup|
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Pike Place Market
Sosio's Produce In Pike Place MarketNear Seattle, Washington, United States
1st Ave and Pike St., Seattle 98101
About 512 days ago, 10/21/16
Spotter's comments : Cauliflower Mushrooms spotted at Pike Place Market. This is why I come to Pike Place Market, what a delicious find!
Hy-Vee Near Columbia, Missouri, United States
About 525 days ago, 10/08/16