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Wood ear? Auricularia aricula?

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Hey all, 

Found fruiting on the underside of a recently fallen willow tree. I'm a total amateur, but after running through a key and referencing some photos online, my guess is wood ear. Not confident enough to toss it in a soup, but I've gotta be close, right? Quite large, beautiful. What you guys think?

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These do look like Wood Ears. Typically wood ears are a bit more purple in color, but these may have not developed a lot of color if they were in complete darkness under a log.

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For future reference, here is a photo of brown wood ear. These are particularly small examples; as they get bigger, they lighten in color and develop a "frosted" appearance on one side. Often you will find large and small fruits on the same piece of wood. These particular wood ears were found on May 1 and made a nice oriental soup.

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