t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Mon Sep 1 05:47:31 PDT 2008
> Okay, I guess I am behind in more than this list...
> What is this "huitlacoche"? This is the first I've heard of this. I
> assume from the comments that it is some type of fungus that grows inside
> corn ears? or on the grown among the corn? Dragon mentions it is
> available canned, is it a paste? Or discrete chunks of something?
Ustilago maydis (corn smut) is a fungal infection of maize, which usually
attacks ears of corn replacing the kernals with growths that will produce
more spores. The immature fungal growths (before the dry our and spore) may
be eaten as delicacies. Corn smut reduces crop yields, so if your goal is
to grow corn measured in bushels per acre, it's a pest. It also looks ugly,
which makes it difficult to think of corn smut as food.
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