Auricularia polytricha (Cloud Ear Fungus)

Cloud ear fungus (Auricularia polytricha) is an edible, gray-brown fungus, often used in Asian cooking. This species of fungus is dark brown in color and translucent, often grows in frilly masses on dead wood. It is usually sold dried and needs to be soaked before use. It has a slight crunchiness and potential medicinal properties. The crunchiness persists despite most cooking processes.

Auricularia polytrichaAuricularia polytricha
Author: Pieria (public domain)

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