Sunday, December 7, 2008

Jelly fungus

- also known as "jelly ear", is mostly found on dead bits of elder trees, of which we have many.

Jelly ear

The above is a picture-link to the relevant Wikipedia page. Below is my own, much less clear picture of the ones we found in our field yesterday:

Most years I harvest some of this delicious and nutritious food - it tastes great in stir-fries after it's been gently boiled for ten minutes or so to soften it. I've also sautéed it in butter and eaten it on toast. I think the taste is similar to that of the shiitake, but a bit stronger.