Black fungus (Auricularia polytricha) is an edible wild mushroom sometimes known as tree ear or cloud ear fungus, given its dark, ear-like shape. While predominantly found in China. Black fungus can be added to soups, stews, stir-fries, and even salads for a jelly-like texture with a slight crunch. According to Chinese medicine practitioners, eating dried and cooked wood ear can have health benefits for people with high blood pressure or cancer, and can prevent coronary heart disease and arteriosclerosis. While wood and cloud ears can often be used interchangeably, wood ears are suited for long, slow cooking and cloud ears are best for quick cooking.
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