Auricularia auricula-judae, known most commonly as Wood Ear (alternatively, black fungus, jelly ear, or a number of other common names), is a species of edible Auriculariales fungus found worldwide. The fruiting body is distinguished its noticeably ear-like shape and brown colouration; it grows upon wood, especially elder. Its specific epithet is derived from the belief that Judas Iscariot hanged himself from an elder tree; the common name “Judas’s ear” was largely eclipsed the corruption “Jew’s ear”, while today “wood ear”, “jelly ear” and other names are preferred. The fungus can be found throughout the year in temperate regions worldwide, where it grows upon both dead and living wood.
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