12 Comments on “Jelly Ear Fungi.

    • There is one tree in Hoo Wood covered with jelly ears; I’ve named it the listening tree. 🙂

    • These fungi typically grow on decaying elder tree branches and are immediately recognisable. Their shapes, colours and clammy feel give no hint at their edibility. The young jelly ear fungus (whilst still soft and moist) make excellent eating. As the fungi age they become tough and almost inedible. Old and tough jelly ear fungus can be dried and ground for use as a flavouring and thickener for soups and stews; young versions need to be boiled for at least 45 minutes before they can be eaten. The flavour is very good and often used in Chinese soups.

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