wood ear

noun

Definition of wood ear

: any of several ear- or cup-shaped basidiomycetous fungi (genus Auricularia) that grow on wood: such as
a : an edible brownish fungus (A. auricula) of North America
b : a cultivated usually dark brown edible fungus (A. polytricha) used in Chinese cooking

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Recent Examples on the Web Two federal health agencies are investigating a multistate outbreak of salmonella infections likely linked to wood ear mushrooms imported by Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. of Santa Fe Springs, California. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Recalled mushrooms likely linked to salmonella outbreak shipped to restaurants in more than 30 states," 26 Sep. 2020 Eight out of nine people linked to those clusters reported eating wood ear mushrooms in the ramen, the agency reported. Mallory Hughes, CNN, "A multi-state salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 41 people is linked to recalled mushrooms," 25 Sep. 2020 Get the banh cuon dac biet ($10.75), which includes Vietnamese charcuterie, a spring roll and cucumber salad arranged around two types of rice rolls: dried shrimp and ground pork with slivers of wood ear mushroom. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "A San Francisco restaurant critic’s new (to her) San Jose favorites," 27 Feb. 2020 Pork dumplings with wood ear, bamboo shoots, water chestnut with a black vinegar dipping sauce (hot and sour soup inspired dumpling). oregonlive, "Dumpling Week is back, with 35 Portland restaurants offering special dishes," 29 Jan. 2020 The wood ear mushroom, bamboo shoots, strip of nori (seaweed) imparted rustic tones. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Want a bowl of exotic comfort food? Try this local ramen spot," 16 Jan. 2020 Discard the tough ends of the wood ear mushrooms before chopping into bite-size pieces. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "This hot-and-sour soup recipe is a cure-all for cold (and have-a-cold) days," 18 Dec. 2019 For the main course, dig into the saffron farfalle with a vegetarian root Bolognese sauce, Parmesan and grapefruit breadcrumbs ($16) or the rye gnocchetti with wood ear mushrooms, Thai basil, Brazil nuts and English peas ($16). Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "The best vegetarian dishes at non-vegetarian restaurants in Chicago," 9 Aug. 2017 Waiters bring bowls set with chunks of crab, lily buds, wood ear mushrooms and nasturtium flowers and leaves, then pour on a rich, dark fumet bolstered with white peppercorn and black vinegar. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Mister Jiu’s fulfills its vision with 3½ stars," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of wood ear

1911, in the meaning defined above

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“Wood ear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wood%20ear. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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