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the winter months, to feature some of the less desirable or hard to find mushrooms.
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April's Mushroom of the Month
Auricula-judae: Wood Ear, Tree's Ear,
Judas' Ear, Jew's Ear, Cloud's Ear
Credit: Josh Milburn
This edible, light brown jelly fungus is often used in
It is found in stir-fries and in hot and sour
soup; cloud’s ears (a translation of the Chinese name)
are used more for texture than taste.
The mushroom is usually cut into thin strips
(julienned) and dried, the mushroom often blackens when
scientific name actually refers to Judas Iscariot, the
common name jew’s ear is a misnomer derived from the
Tree’s ears have a large tan to brown, rubbery cap that
ranges from 1 to 6 inches (2.5 to 15 cm.) wide.
The caps are cuplike to ear-shaped.
The underside of the cap is grayish brown.
The tan to brown outer surface has minute hairs.
The cups are smooth to wrinkled and ear-like.
The flesh is thin and gelatinous when fresh and
hard and leathery when dried.
There can be a white basal attachment like a very
These mushrooms grow singly or in groups on both
coniferous and hardwood trees and logs.
The season is May toNovember.
The spore print is white.
Photo Credit: Svdmolen