Sunday, 26 July 2009

The Jelly Ear

Auricularia auricula:

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This is a strange looking fungus and they can resemble an ear when they are fully grown Jelly Ears are in fact edible, my friend 'Big Pete' as eaten them many a time.... but then again he eats most things he comes across. The rubbery/gelatinous texture you sometimes get in "hot and sour soups and sauces" could well be this fungus It dose not have much of a flavor on its own, but will soak up flavors from what it is cooked with...
I like them on the tree... where as far as I'm concerned they can stay.. ha!

13 comments:

Gattina said...

Yikes, I certainly wouldn't eat that, lol, doesn't look very appetizing. It really looks like an ear.

Patty said...

I'm with you, leave it on the tree. LOL

RuneE said...

Van Gogh hasn't passed by? ;-)

KAZ said...

I also thought of Van Gogh.
Or there's that film 'Blue Velvet' that started with a severed ear.
Now I'm just getting weird.

Neal said...

I've never seen that before. I'd be willing to try it if it was breaded and fried. :)

Abe Lincoln said...

I never "mess around" (slang term -- Do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly) with things that grow on trees. And I don't pick mushrooms since to me the best looking mushrooms are "toad stools" (Common name for an inedible or poisonous agaric contrasting with the edible mushroom) are deadly and those are the ones I'd probably pick.

Pick a Peck of Pixels

Ida said...

I think I'll pass.... ;))

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Tom: Those who know eat and if they don't die you can try it. Big Pete is a wid one.

Kerri said...

I've never seen anything like that before. and I definitely wouldn't eat it :)

Arija said...

That looks like something that inpired JK.Rowlings extendable ears. A real fun fungus. I love mushrooms, but this one does not look like something I would class as a favourite.

Babooshka said...

That is just gross. It looks like something David Lynch would have in one of his films. If this was April 1st I would be sure this was a joke.

Texas Travelers said...

Ditto! What all the others said in their comments.
Leave it on the tree.

Thanks for the visit,
Troy

retta519 said...

Big Pete is very brave. My first thought when I saw your picture was "Ewwww".