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Wood Ears

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Very common and can be found year round, usually most abundant in January and February when there is not much else about.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Wood Ears, Tree Ears, Jelly Ears, Jews Ears
Scientific Name Auricularia auricula-judae
Season Start All Year
Season End All Year
Average Mushroom height (CM) 0
Average Cap width (CM) 5
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

The fruiting body is ear-shaped, smooth or undulating, covered in very fine down and is tan, red/brown in colour.

Pores

The underside is smoother and lighter than the top surface.

Habitat

Mainly growing on dead or living elder in large numbers but can be found occasionally on other wood.

Possible Confusion

As long as you only collect these from elder trees they can only be Wood Ears.
Some Pezizas, pictured, can look similar but these don’t tend to grow on elder and grow facing up, the Wood Ears face down.

Spore Print

White. Sausage shaped.

Taste / Smell

Not strong but good if used in Asian style cooking or dried, ground to a fine powder and used as stock.

Frequency

Very common.

Other Facts

Can be picked in its dry state and re-hydrated when needed or picked fresh and dried at home.
Can withstand frosts and grows all year round.
Named after the apostle, Judas, who allegedly hanged himself from an elder tree.

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