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January 24, 2011


Kevin Shannon

I used to be surrounded by them at the place i used to work but i never knew they were edible. Damn


I've always called them wood-ear mushrooms.

They do indeed make lovely soups.

I made a wood-ear mushroom and vermicelli noodle soup when I did a Burmese night at Mat Folla's restaurant The Wild Garlic.


I, too, call them wood-ears, and I believe that's basically what the Chinese name for these translates to :)

My Mom's actually used them to add texture (alongside water chestnuts) to steamed dumplings and also fried rice.

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Now i know, i can do a lot of things with these.


I keep them dried and nibble them as a snack. I seem to be the only person I know who likes them this way and my family, who will eat most things, consider it a bit odd! I am fortunate enough to have a copious supply in our woods so rarely run out and have to succumb to cream cakes instead!

The Curious Cat

Will check out the post on the Guardian. These look cool these mushrooms - is there any danger of mistaking them for poisonous ones? I'll keep a look out...xxx

Mike Jones

Haha I loved your 'can of worms' pun when repying to the angry fishermen. Nice work and a damn fine piece of writing yet again. Keep it up Nick, and perhaps your head down when near Britains waterways...

Roger Colson

A brave article Nick and one that most wild food books and Bush craft presenters tent to avoid.I am a paid up coarse angler my self,but on occasion take course fish to eat my self.I to avoid Eels now due to depletion.If 3 million people ate any wild harvest on a regular basis the food stuff would soon be depleted.Taking the odd Jack Pike or medium Perch does no harm.Fishery managers often net ponds and lakes in order to remove the smaller fish of a certain species so the the larger have less competition and thrive.the smaller fish are used to restock.I feel that for a Wild Food enthusiast the odd fish sensibly harvested will do no harm.


I loved the article although I spent too long reading the comments. You would have thought that you had suggested that EVERYONE eats fresh water fish from now on. Muppet's. I am not sure whether I plan to eat a pike or a 'life long angler' first... both of which have a nasty look about them. Keep it up Nick.


Beautifully written....

John Cossham

The best way to use these, in my opinion, is to clean them up whilst wet and jelly-like, and then let them dry. When you've a jar full or more of dried ones, put them in a goblet blender and reduce them to dust. I seive the dust and use the finest for thickening soups which have too much liquid in them. The slightly larger shards can go in stews, where they absorb several times their own weight of water and thicken it up. Really useful, no taste, difficult to enjoy their texture any other way... for me!

Cheryl Sharman

Ever thought of travelling to beautiful Tasmania (Australia)? Lots here to c & do. Tassie has a conservationist reputation - you would certainly be most welcome to promote locals' knowledge on the pleasures your type of living can enhance. Your website is most informative for me who is ready to sell up & leave the town to go sustainable farm living, chooks, hard work & etc v/soon!

R's Cheryl Devonport Tasmania
Ps. website is for house sale -so I will understand if u choose not to link it but it does give a visual of my current horizon.

מנהלת חשבונות

Thanks for sharing such a nice information about jelly ear. It's call as a wood-ear and Mushroom also. It's make delicious soup.

אחסון אתרים

I have to avoid the eels because of depletion.If 3 million people at all the regular harvest wild food stuff to run out.

טויוטה קורולה

Fishery ponds and lakes often network in order to remove a species of small fish, larger than those of less competition.

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I really love mushrooms and no matter how they are cooked ! But really what a strange name : "Jew's ears"! Really a litlle more sensibility should be appreciated!


I ate it in chinain different receipes and it was very good.Any one knows how the Chinese cook it?

Santi Pan

well,i am chinese.it is difficulty to explain.but i have 2 easy recipes for you.
1:put jew's ear to boiled water for 0.5~1 min.and put it in to salad after cutting it.
2:you can cook it like tortilla española,but do not put potato.cut jew's ear to small pieces,then mix it with eggs.fry in shallow oil.make sure you put salt.(add some small pieces of scallion will be better.)

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At this time I am going away to do my breakfast, when having my breakfast coming over again to read additional news.

Ron Jefferson

I found some sources (including the English Wikipedia page) claiming that the jew's ear is not edible raw. I also found some sources (such as the Italian Wikipedia page) claiming that it IS edible raw.

For neither of these claims did I find satisfactory proof and so figuring that I didn't have much to lose (if they are labelled as inedible it's certainly for being considered of low culinary rather than poisonous) I finely chopped a good amount of them into a carrot salad and ate them. I test-tasted them on their own beforehand and the rubbery texture made for amusing eating experience while there was a faint metallic taste. This potentially unpleasant metallic taste was absent when consumed as one ingredient of many in a salad. It made a good addition to the salad. Also I did not feel at all ill afterwards.

So in my experience this mushroom is edible raw

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