Sunday, May 16, 2010
// 5/16/2010 //
Really, what sounds more appetizing than juice from a Jew’s ear, especially “Quality Jew’s ear selected from Changbai Mountain?” Wood ear is a fungus that’s pretty common in Chinese dishes and comes with a strange Xian missionary story of being called Judas ear in Chinese, which gets a literal English translation of Jew's ear. Which is fortunate, because the thought of my fellow Jews in China having body parts harvested for a soft drink is pretty disturbing.
This site has a bit more information (tasty flavor details!), and a picture of the fungus. It would seem it's not kosher but to be all fruit/vegetable and fungus based, so we probably could go certify a run of Jew's ear for worldwide consumption!
Yum, just in time for Shavuos!