Cauliflower Mushroom – Sparassis crispa

Japanese name – Hanabiratake
Chinese name – Xiu Qiu Jun

S. crispa is a popular culinary mushroom throughout its range in the northern temperate zone where it grows primarily on conifers, especially pines.

It has recently gained popularity as a medicinal mushroom because of its exceptional beta-glucan content, which has been reported to be as high as 43%. In addition it contains multiple anti-microbial agents as well as active terpenoid compounds and phthalides that have been implicated in its anti-cancer activity.