Black mushroom (Auricularia polytricha) is an edible wild mushroom sometimes known as an ear or mushroom cloud, given its dark color and shape.
Although it is predominantly found in Asia , it also thrives in tropical climatic conditions such as the Pacific Islands, Nigeria, Hawaii and India. It grows on tree branches and fallen logs in the wild, but can be grown .Known for its jelly-like consistency and distinct toughness, black mushroom is a popular culinary ingredient in a range of Asian dishes. It has also been used in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years .
This article describes the use, nutrients and benefits of black fungus.
Black mushroom is usually sold in dry form. Before eating, it is necessary to soak the mushroom in warm water for at least 1 hour.While soaking, the mushrooms spread 3-4 times. Keep this in mind while you cook. While the black mushroom is sold under several names, it is technically different from (Auricularia auricula-judae), its botanical relative. It is often used in soups. Since it has a fairly neutral taste, it is even added to Cantonese desserts. Like tofu, it absorbs the flavors of the dish in which it is a part.
Since the 19th century, black mushroom has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to relieve the symptoms of several conditions, including jaundice and sore throat .
Black fungus is especially low in fat, rich in fiber and enriched with many essential vitamins and minerals. It has powerful antioxidants and probiotics healthy for the gut and can help lower cholesterol and protect the liver and brain.