Description: Black fungus, or Auricularia polytricha, is sometimes known as wood ear, cloud ear, Judas ear or tree ear. It is a mushroom that is dark brown to black and native to Asia and some Pacific islands with humid climates. It is edible and often used in Asian cooking. It is a beneficial fungus in helping with health issues for lungs, stomach and liver.
Black fungus has a chemical that inhibits blood clotting, and because heart attacks, strokes and blood vessel problems are linked to clotting, this fungus may improve circulation. It contains anticoagulant substances that act like blood thinners, similar to that of aspirin.
Black fungus may lower cholesterol and blood sugar.
Due to the ability of black fungus to help with blood circulation, it is also useful in helping with hemorrhoids. It has a cooling effect on the blood, promoting circulation and treating bruises.
Black fungus is beneficial to people suffering from dryness, such as a dry throat, cough or mouth. It is thought to moisten the blood and promote circulation, which alleviates conditions associated with dryness.
Black fungus contains the trace mineral germanium, which has anti-viral effects. Germanium is also known to energize the body, which is why it is useful as an herb that fights off viruses.
Black fungus are used to promote positive emotions and help with feelings of isolation, fear and insecurity. Black fungus is thought to help people resist hunger, help with uterine bleeding, gonorrhea and intestinal issues.
Black fungus contains vitamin K, which can assist prevention of blood coagulation, thrombosis, and embolism. It’s rich in iron, as well as cellulose and a special plant collagen. Cellulose and collagen together can promote intestinal fat/food excretion, prevent constipation, and help the body to remove toxic substances.
Black fungus is a vegetable that works as meat but is usually added almost at the end of the cooking in other to keep it fresh and also retain its nutrients. Naturally,it has no flavor of its own but when used to cook it tends to absorb the seasonings it is cooked with. It could be incorporated in salads, Soups, Rice, Stews and whatever meal you can think of. The texture is rubbery yet easy to chew. It’s actually very pleasant!
1. Add 25g black fungus powder into appropriate amount of hot boiling water (200~250cc approximately), mix and stir evenly, and it's ready to serve; you can adjust the concentration as you like according to personal preference.
2. You can choose to blend with soybean milk, oat milk, wheat flakes, and coffee, etc. to drink together to increase the deliciousness.