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Snow fungus

Snow fungus

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Subdivision: Hymenomycotina
Class: Heterobasidiomycetes
Order: Tremellales
Family: Tremellaceae
Genus: Tremella
Species: T. fuciformis
Binomial name
Tremella fuciformis
Tremella fuciformis
mycological characteristics:
smooth hymenium

no distinct cap


hymenium attachment is not applicable


lacks a stipe


spore print is white


ecology is saprophytic


edibility: choice

Snow fungus (Tremella fuciformis, also known as white fungus or silver tree-ear fungus) is a type of jelly fungus (a kind of mushroom) that is used in Chinese cuisine. In Chinese, it is called 银耳 (pinyin: yín ěr; literally "silver ear"), 雪耳 (pinyin: xuě ěr; literally "snow ear"); or 白木耳 (pinyin: bái mù ěr, literally "white wood ear"), and in Japanese it is called shiro kikurage (シロキクラゲ, lit. "white tree jellyfish").

Additional recommended knowledge

The fungus grows in frilly masses on trees and is off-white in color and very translucent.

The product is often purchased dried and must be soaked before use. It is used in both savory and sweet dishes. While tasteless, it is enjoyed for its jelly-like texture as well as its supposed medicinal benefits. Most commonly, it is used to make a sweet dessert soup called luk mei (六味), often in combination with jujubes and dried longans, among other ingredients.

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