One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An edible fungus, black or brown in color, that grows on trees and is sold in dry wrinkled shapes somewhat resembling ears.
Auricularia auricula, family Auriculariaceae
- ‘Black beans, lily buds, leafy greens, wood ear fungus, beanthread noodles, Sichuan peppercorns the Chinese larder is there (and so are those of Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and Indonesia).’
- ‘Larger, coarser fungus are called wood ears.’
- ‘But braised in consommé with wood ears and a ring of foie gras dumplings, the dish gets a tender reawakening.’
- ‘Thankfully, most of those late 1980's fusion abominations, like Asian pizza with wood ear mushrooms, brine shrimp and soy sauce, are mostly banished from contemporary menus.’
- ‘The Chinese dry many fungi, especially the wood ear.’
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