Sparassis crispa grows in a tangled sphere with a diameter of up to 61 cm. The flakes that carry the spore surface are flat and curly, reminiscent of lasagna pasta and are white to creamy-yellow. When they are young, they are hard and rubbery, but later they become soft. The aroma is pleasant and the taste of the pulp is mild.
This species occurs at the base of the conifers trunks, often pine, but also spruce, cedar, larch and others. It is quite common in the United Kingdom.
It is considered a good edible fungus when it is young and fresh.