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Blue Lake Beans
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Dried Cloud Ear Mushrooms
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Dried Cloud ear mushroom offers a delicately faint flavor and a hard crunchy texture. Increasing in size when reconstituted, this mushroom keeps its snappy crunch when cooked. Dried Cloud Ear mushrooms range in size from one to three or four inches in diameter. Its exterior surface reveals a pale brown color and offers a soft jelly-like texture.
Dried Cloud Ear mushrooms are available year-round.
Cloud Ears are also known as tree ears, and jelly mushroom resembling crinkled paper. They are mainly sold in their dried form as they preserve well and reconstitute to their original form and shape.
The cloud ear mushroom is related to the wood ear mushroom and for culinary purposes, they are identical.
The Chinese regularly add cloud ear mushrooms to dishes because they believe it improves breathing, circulation, and well-being.
Botanically named Auricularia auriculam, Cloud Ear mushrooms are native to Asia and some Pacific Ocean islands with humid climates. Most Asian countries successfully cultivate cloud ears today. They can be found growing wild on dead branches of broad-leafed trees.
Recipes that include Dried Cloud Ear Mushrooms. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Taste Buddies||Spicy Thai Chicken Salad with Cloud Ear Mushroom|
|Simply Recipes||Hot and Sour Soup|