Also known as Tremella fuciformis, snow ear, snow mushroom, or jelly fungus.
This popular fungus in Asian culture is used in Chinese cuisine and as herbal use. Mainly incorporated into the popular snow fungus dessert soup that is light and also earthy which is meant to nourish and cool your body. Usually this recipe includes other ingredients like goji berries, dried red dates, dried longan, dried lotus seeds, rock sugar and pearl barley.
With it being a dessert, the Chinese thought this one out very well with all the ingredients to include major health benefits. Maintaining youthful and healthy skin complexion is one of the big upsides with the gelatinous fungus. It is also said to boost the immune system and promote brain function while assisting in digestive health.
Although a lot of it today is commercially cultivated, this fungi is typically found in the tropics on dead branches of trees. It grows into a gelatinous and wavy seaweed-like snowball. Typically about 3 inches across and its watery white characteristics is where it gets it's name from.
However, you can experiment with the snow fungus in any way you'd like. You must soak it in water to hydrate for about 10 minutes and rinse it. Cut it down with scissors if needed and remove the dark hard orange center. Cook time only requires about 10-15 minutes if you are boiling it.