Wood ears, also called judas' ear or jelly ear, are a variety of fungus that grow on the side of trees that look very much like tiny platforms. Wood ears are prized for their amazing texture which is equally bouncy, springy, and tender. This fungus is a fantastic vehicle for carrying sauce and flavor. These dried wood ears are a mixture that carry two distinct species: black fungus and cloud ear. Black fungus are brown in color and have thinner caps. Cloud ears are black in color and meatier with a light earthy aroma.
Uses: Soak this fungus in cold water for about 20 minutes to re-hydrate them before use. Wood ears can be eaten raw and should be cooked very briefly to preserve their texture. Add wood ears to stir-fry dishes, soups, hot pot, or dry pot to add texture and volume.
Dried wood ears will more than double in size and weight when re-hydrated! Each order contains two varieties of wood ear.