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Wood Ear Mushrooms

Wood ear mushrooms are a delicious edible mushroom used in Chinese cuisine and medicine. Black wood ear mushrooms are a great source of nutrients including pantothenic acid, selenium, riboflavin, thiamine, magnesium, zinc, B6, folate, calcium, potassium, manganese and more.

Research shows that wood ears contain an abundance of antioxidants and polyphenols which can protect our cells against oxidative damage and prevent disease such as cancer, heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Research has also found wood ears to have antimicrobial properties that help against bacteria.

Wood ear mushrooms may be found fresh at the Bethesda Central Farmers Market or purchased dried online. These mushrooms absorb flavor from other ingredients and may be added to any soup, noodles, dumpling fillings and more.


Wood Ear Mushroom Salad


  • 8 cups of fresh or re-hydrated organic black wood ears, tough ends trimmed and washed thoroughly

  • 6 cloves of fresh garlic, crushed or grated

  • 3 tablespoons of Chinese black vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil

  • 3 tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro

  • Salt and white pepper to taste


  1. Tear the wood ear mushrooms into bite-sized pieces

  2. Boil wood ears in water for 4 minutes

  3. Rinse with cold water and drain

  4. Dry the wood ear mushrooms thoroughly; you may use a salad spinner or allow to air dry

  5. Heat the sesame oil in a small pan

  6. Top the wood ear mushrooms with garlic and cilantro

  7. Pour the hot oil over the cilantro and garlic

  8. Mix the rest of the ingredients into the salad

  9. Toss thoroughly and set aside in the refrigerator to marinade for 30+ minutes



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