Snow fungus (also White jelly mushroom) consists of white, gelatinous fruiting bodies, which measure about 7 centimeters. In the wild this fungus grows on dead tree branches. It is commercially cultivated and very popular in China, often used in soups or savory dishes. It has a crispy rubbery texture.
Silver ear fungus
White jelly mushroom
Hongo de la oreja plateada
Hongo gelatinoso blanco
Trémelle en fuseau
Basic information and facts
Very popular in China
The white, gelatinous fruiting bodies measure about 7 centimeters. They have a crispy but rubbery texture.
Tremella fuciformis is a parasitic yeast and needs other fungi (such as Annulohypoxylon archeri)as it hosts. Cultivation requires a dual culture method where both fungi are inoculated on sawdust and then kept under optimal conditions.
The fungus is sold fresh or dried. It is used in soups and savory dishes, especially in Chinese cuisine.