Jew’s Ear

The menu was translated into English, it read Jew’s Ear and I was curious.

This is an edible fungus, a mushroom that grows on Elder Trees, it distinguished by its noticeably ear-like shape and brown coloration. This mushroom is often used in sweet and sour soups, it is very common in China and in other Asian countries.

So where does the name come from? The story goes like this: Judas Iscariot was, according to the New Testament, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, and the son of Simon Iscariot.

Known for his kiss and betrayal of Jesus in exchange for a payment of thirty silver coins. There are varied accounts of his death, one version is he hanged himself out of remorse following his betrayal, hence Jew’s Ear.

By the way, the Italian liqueur Sambuca is flavored with oil obtained from the elderflower and it has been used for hundreds of years in the treatment of many illnesses. However uncooked berries and other parts of plants are poisonous and it can be fatal if ingested in large quantities.


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