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Wood Ear - Auricularia auricula / Auricularia polytricha

Wood Ear - Auricularia auricula / Auricularia polytricha

Japanese Name - Kikurage
Chinese Name - Mu Er / Wood Ear
English Name - Jews Ear / Judas’ Ear

Both A. auricula and A. polytricha are considered as species of Wood Ear in Chinese medicine and today are used interchangeably. In common with other jelly fungi, they contain high levels of polysaccharides, which are the main active components.

Photo © Jaroslav Maly