Also known as cloud ear, tree ear, wood fungus, mouse ear, and jelly
mushroom. It grows rapidly on a variety of woods including mango
and kapok. Wood ear is prized in Chinese cuisine for its crunchy
texture. It is sweet in flavor, mild in nature and absorbs the seasonings
it is cooked with.
Wood ears are
rich in protein. Each 100g contains 10.6 protein, 357 mg calcium,
201 mg phosphorus, 185 mg iron. It also contains carrotene, vitamins
B1 and B2, mannan, glucuronic acid, lecithin, and cephalin.
A very good
blood tonic, contains 7 times as musch iron as pig's liver. It has
a reputation in Chinese herbal medicine for increasing the fluidity
of the blood and improving circulation. It is given to patients
who suffer from atherosclerosis. Recent reports reveal that constant
consumption of this fungus is also helpful for the prevention of
It is also low in calories and are therefore a useful food to include
in weight-loss diets.