Auricularia spp. – Wood Ears

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Wood ears (Auricularia spp.) are edible jelly fungi that are commonly eaten in Asia. It is best to search for them the day after a large rainfall. Wood ears prefer cooler weather but could appear any time of the year.
There are two wood ear species that grow in Connecticut. Auricularia americana grows on conifers, while A. angiospermarum grows on hardwoods.
All wood ear look-a-likes are also edible. Woods ears are commonly used in hot and sour soup and Mushu pork. They are mostly used to add texture to dishes, as they have little flavor on their own.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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