Auricularia auricula-judae (Linn.) Schroel
Auricularia auricula-judae is widespread in the Philippines growing on stumps, fallen trunks, and dead branches of trees. It is found all year round, although it is most abundant from May to September. In forests where there are plenty of fallen trees, they can be collected by the basketful. This is commonly known as Jew’s ear.
This species is the popular mushroom in the Philippines in terms of edibility, usually added as ingredients in Filipino and Chinese cuisine to improve flavor of stews, chopsuey, and in soups.
The fruiting body is reddish brown to dark brown, ear-shaped and hairy. The flesh is whitish, gelatinous, cartilaginous and tough. If soaked in water, it revives, assuming its original size and form.