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Wood Ear Mushrooms, Dried

Auricularia auricula-judae / Jew's ear / Wood ear / Jelly ear / Tree ear

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Good looks sometimes fade so fast. Young and dried the Wood Ear is charcoal black on top and palomino on the bottom. The edges are frilled and they look like blooms from a dashing steampunk boutonnière. Add water and they suddenly look like strips of cheap brown leather. Ugh.

Looks be damned. For the Wood Ear black fungus it’s the flavor and texture that’s so darn hip.
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Like the Cloud Ear Black Fungus the Wood Ear mushroom is eaten for medicinal purposes and for texture more than flavor. It’s called the Wood Ear because when it grows out of trees and dead wood it has the appearance that the wood is growing many little ears. As such, it is believed in Eastern medicine that the mushroom is excellent for improving hearing (as well as good for circulation).

The mushroom has a cartilaginous, crunchy texture that’s rather unique. (You’ll definitely hear it when you chew it. Maybe that’s how it fixes your hearing?) It also adds textural appeal to soups and stir-fries. The flavor is a bit mild, sweet, and somewhat earthy.

The Wood Ear seems to act like a sponge for spices, herbs, sauces, and vinegar. Each piece you eat is a crunchy, frilly flavor bomb. Due to this, we think the Wood Ear pairs wonderfully with sour dishes with lots of vinegar and a heavy hand of chili peppers.

Additional Info

IngredientsDried wood ear mushrooms.
Recommended ApplicationsCrunch and mildly flavored, this popular mushroom is traditionally used in many Oriental soups. Can be used with most meats but are exceptionally complimentary with pork recipes.
Basic PreparationRule of thumb, 1 oz. of dry mushrooms reconstitutes to 3-4 oz. of fresh mushrooms. To prepare, start by rinsing the product in cold, running water to remove any debris. To reconstitute, put the desired amount of mushrooms to be used in a bowl, cover with boiling water and then let them soak for 25 minutes prior to draining.
QualitiesAll Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO
Product StyleWhole
CuisineAsian, Chinese, European, French
Handling / StorageStore in a cool, dry place.
Shelf Life2 Years
Country of OriginChina
Dietary NotesMay Contain Naturally Occurring Sulfites.

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