Disciotis venosa, the pig’s ear is a fungus that grows in the same habitats as the morel, granting the veined Pézize the role of indicator of their presence. Without forgetting to taste it in passing, being itself pleasant to the palate.
Scientific N. Disciotis venosa
Synonyms Peziza ancilis, Discina venosa
Hat in cross section, 5 to 20 cm in diameter
Spores spore crme
Pied court, trapu
Come back absent
Odour strong, bleach
Habitat and uses
Division temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere
Habitatforest, under deciduous
Culinary interestgood cooked edible
With its cup shape of 5 to 20 cm in diameter, the largest of the Pézizes, Disciotis venosa, is none other than a close cousin of … Morels. Of the same family of Morchellaceae, they will be found in the same habitats, giving the veined Pézize the indicator role of his precious cousins. Without forgetting to taste it in passing, being itself pleasing to the palate.
Description of the veined Pézize
Young, the veined Pézize becomes rounded in the shape of a cup. Its fertile internal part, called the hymenium, is brown, light to dark, contrasting with its external, whitish, vaguely wrinkled surface. Slowly the sporophore, visible reproductive part, spreads out, the margin becomes irregular and tears. The center of the cup folds, wrinkles, gradually, giving a characteristic venous aspect. The short, whitish foot is buried, well anchored to the ground. The flesh, whitish, breaks easily on handling. Its flavor is sweet, its smell strong, of bleach.
Determination of Disciotis venosa
Its deeply veined aspect and especially its strong smell of bleach are characteristic of the veined Pézize, confusion is to be ruled out.
The living environment
The veined Pézize looks for itself on the ground, under the ash trees, birches, deciduous trees of young forests, in cool and humid atmosphere. A calcareous to sandy soil will complete this ideal habitat for Morels, the two species of the same family sharing the same environments. And the same season, spring.
Toxicity and culinary interest
Like Morels, the veined Pézize is raw toxic. Serious cooking is essential before any consumption.
Pig’s ear uses
Edible, the veined Pézize is tasted after cooking, drying is a good technique of conservation.
Did you know ?
Disciotis venosa likes the same cool and humid habitats as the Morels, which it precedes by a few days … A very good indicator to know for sure.
And like Morels and Truffles, the veined Pézize belongs to the Ascomycetes.
Species and varieties of Disciotis
There are 4 species of Disciotis.
- Disciotis ripening : near Disciotis venosa, southernmost
- Disciotis rufeseens : Pezize-shaped
- Disciotis ferruginascens : Pezize-shaped
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