A fungus that resembles a human ear. It is found almost exclusively on dead elder tree branches. Used in many Chinese dishes and is also know as “Chinese fungus.” Normally dried before use.
Wood ear is an edible and medicinal mushroom. A related species is cultivated in Asia and sold in the United States in Asian markets. In Chinese, its name is “Hei mu-er.” You may have eaten it in Chinese hot and sour soup.
See Chinese Fungus for more information.