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Snow Fungus

Submitted by on January 8, 2009 – 12:12 pm3 Comments | 37,528 views

Ingredient Name: Snow Fungus

Traditional Chinese Name: 雪耳 (xuě ěr)

What is this?
  • Snow fungus is also known as white tree ear fungus and silver ear
  • Similar to wood ear, but white and translucent
  • Good quality snow fungus is a pale, yellow-white colour
  • Snow fungus is tasteless and, when cooked, it becomes a jelly-like substance
  • It is used and known for its numerous medicinal qualities

How do I prepare it?

  • Wash and soak dried snow fungus in cold water for 20 – 30 minutes or until soft
  • Cut into smaller pieces before adding to your soup
  • The middle of the fungus is usually quite hard, some people will prefer to use only the softer edges

Where can I buy this?

  • You can purchase snow fungus in most Asian supermarkets
  • Snow fungus is also available in Chinese speciality stores (pharmacies) and sold in bulk

What is the cost?

  • The cost of snow fungus varies depending on where you buy it and on the quality of the fungus you buy.

Any benefits?

  • Snow fungus provides iron, vitamin C, calcium and phosphorous
  • In Western herbology, snow fungus is considered an immune stimulant that fights infection, especially chronic infections.  It has demonstrated anti-tumor activities, protects the liver and fights inflamation
  • In Chinese medicine, snow fungus is said to nourish the lungs, heal dry cough, and remove heatiness from the lung
  • When used with rock sugar (in Chinese desserts), it can also stimulate the colon and serve as a mild laxative for constipation
  • Some believe eating snow fungus will help women eliminate freckles from their complexion and slow the aging process

Any precautions?

  • Be sure to purchase snow fungus from a reputable source

Additional Information?

  • Snow fungus can keep very well and can be stored for up to 12 months in a sealed container in the fridge

Resources

Photo below: Snow fungus soaking in water over night

3 Comments »

  • elvira Burton says:

    Thank you ! This a wonderful information …

  • Johnny Crochet says:

    It is true that it is tasteless, but I love the
    texture of it when used in stews, it’s similar
    to boiled cabbage. Thank you for the information.

  • Carrie says:

    Hi there!
    Your site is so informative and easy to follow for someone like me who is trying to learn to cook home style chinese food (and cant read Chinese). Can u post more snow fungus soup recipes please? Thanks!Keep it up!

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