Good to the last drop!
The Forward’s Bintel Blog recently reported:
Whether this is fungus for an instant Jew or instant ear fungus for the whole tribe, it’s comforting to know that the People’s Republic of China has every little thing covered.
Ha ha. But I decided to pull a froylein and show up those amateurs at the Forward. Did you in fact know that Jew’s Ear aka Judas’s ear fungus aka Auricularia auricula-judae aka jelly ear fungus derives it’s name from the belief that Judas, after betraying Christ, hung himself on an Elder Tree. Jew’s Ear Fungus can be found growing on dead Elder trees. Also it looks like a messed up ear. One additional note – during the Middle Ages all fungi were called Jew’s Meat. In any case, it’s used most often in Asian cooking – not just Chinese, but also Japanese and Vietnamese.
Here’s more information and a great recipe for Hot and Sour Soup using this yummy fungus.
Please do not be alarmed when instructed to “Put the Jews Ears in a small bowl.”