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A Wildlife Cameo!
Jew's-Ear (Auricularia auricula-judea)
It is said to be edible and is much prized in China and was also used by old herbalists as a poultice for sore eyes. (Mabey; Food for Free 1972)
The name reputedly derives from the story of Judas Escariot who hanged himself from an Elder tree.
Thanks to Anne Booth for this article and pictures.
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