Have you heard about the edible jelly ear fungus?

The jelly ear fungus (Auricularia auricula-judae) resembles, unsurprisingly, the human ear.

Also known as the wood ear, the brown-colored jelly ear mushroom is commonly seen on elder trees in temperate regions worldwide where it flourishes on both dead and live wood.

Edible ears

Soft and robbery, the jelly ears are prized in Asia where they’re used in cooking and medicine to cure soar throats.

Would you eat one?

Photo by Chris Lawrence

By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger and curious explorer of the world who connects the dots between life, arts, and knowledge.