Snow Fungus

Snow Fungus

What is snow fungus?

  • Also known as white fungus, white wood ear.
  • Naturally sweet, snow fungus is a valuable nutrient tonic and is upheld as a powerful tonic. Chinese ancient royal nobility refer white fungus as the “longevity” tonic “longevity medicine”.
  • Usually the fruiting bodies of white fungus are white to ivory color, gum, translucent, soft and flexible. Today, Snow fungus is sold in Chinese pharmacies or grocery stores in its dried form.

What are its health benefits?

  • Snow fungus helps to tonify the spleen and increases appetite, also nourishes yin and lungs, it may help enhance immune system in cancer patients.
  • Snow fungus helps to nourish the body, lungs and stomach, to manage consumptive cough, bloody sputum, helps with physical weakness after recovery from illness, shortness of breath, and fatigue.

How do I use snow fungus?

  • For everyday use, white fungus can be used in congee, soup, can be stew with pork, or added to clay pot dishes.
  • Rinse and place in water to reconstitute before cooking.

How to select quality white fungus?

  • The color of the fungus piece should be golden brown, shiny, flowers are large with firm but body is flexible and fleshy.
  • Dried snow fungus expands more than 15 times when soaked in water.

Some sweet recipe ideas:

  • 雪耳燉木瓜 Snow Fungus Papaya Soup
  • 雪耳蓮子紅棗湯 Snow Fungus Jujube Sweet Soup
  • 雪耳雪蛤羹 Snow Fungus Hashima Soup
  • 雪耳南瓜粥 Snow Fungus Pumpkin Porridge
  • 雪梨雪耳羹 Snow Pear with Snow Fungus Thick Soup

Some savory soups ideas:

  • 雪耳排骨湯Snow Fungus Pork Rib Soup
  • 雪耳枸杞湯Snow Fungus Wolfberry Soup

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