Beefsteak Fungus

Beefsteak Fungus


Beefsteak Fungus


This mushroom is best cooked in a creamy recipe, or mixed with other mushrooms due to the slight acidic taste. The wood of trees infected with the beefsteak fungus develops brown rot, which makes the wood richer, darker and of great interest to the furniture building trade.

Mushroom Type

Common Names Beefsteak Fungus, Ox-tongue fungus
Scientific Name Fistulina hepatica
Season Start Aug
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 0
Average Cap width (CM) 20

Fruiting Body

Tongue to liver shaped semicircular bracket with an inflated edge when young flattening with age. Red or red/pink/brown. Usually moist or sticky.


Off-white to cream tiny round pores or tubules which bruise red/brown.


Concolourous with the cap, lateral, short and thick if present.


Red with white ‘veins’ very much resembling raw meat. Exudes a blood like liquid in drops.


Growing on living or dead oak and sweet chestnut.

Possible Confusion

You are unlikely to confuse this species with anything else.

Spore Print

Pink/pale ochre. Ovate.

Taste / Smell

Slightly acidic or sour getting stronger with age. Good as a meat substitute as it looks like the real thing.



Other Facts
Can be eaten raw in salads where the fruity, acidic taste goes quite well.