[Sca-cooks] huitlacoche?

Elaine Koogler kiridono at gmail.com
Mon Sep 1 10:24:15 PDT 2008

yup...my dad used to grow corn for our family.  I can still remember opening
ears that had this fungus in it...Uuuuuughgggggghhhhhhh!  Sometimes actually
turned my stomach.  Not sure what kind of reaction I'd have now...childhood
memories are very strong and can influence our current reactions.  So even
if this were presented to me as a delicacy, I'm not sure I could eat it.


On Mon, Sep 1, 2008 at 8:47 AM, Terry Decker <t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net>wrote:

> 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?
>> Stefan
> 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.
> Bear
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