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Old 08-16-2006, 11:26 AM   #1
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Anybody ever try Huitlacoche (a.k.a. Corn Smut)?

I've just found out about this Mexican fungus that infects corn kernels. Corn is in season here, and I may have to ask some of the local farmers if they have any corn that has this fungus growing on it.

I've also found a source, canned, at http://www.mexgrocer.com/ . But, I was curious as to the flavor of this mushroom. Has anyone had any experience with it?

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Old 08-16-2006, 12:00 PM   #2
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Have you ever seen corn smut? To me, it does not look appetizing. It is very "airy" looking", kinda like black cotton candy, very little substance to it. It is a fungus but does not look like one. It is hard to imagine you can can the stuff. All I do is to chop down the stalk infected with it to compost it. It ruins the cob of corn. I have never tried to eat it.
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Old 08-16-2006, 12:25 PM   #3
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Corn smut is nasty looking. I'd have to be mighty durned hungry to eat it.
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Old 08-16-2006, 12:54 PM   #4
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It is referred to in pro circles as "Mexican truffle".

And generally would be treated as such.
Don't the canned-its a rip off and tastes nothing like the real thing.

Try a summer corn risotto and add huitlecoche at the end, it tastes both of the sweetness of the corn but with a fragrant mushroom earthiness.
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Old 08-16-2006, 01:00 PM   #5
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I've seen it and agree that it would be pretty hard for me to eat something that looked like that.

But I have heard that it's actually quite good -- although perhaps an acquired taste.

I have eaten durian, which tastes pretty noxious but looks pretty, so maybe I'll give it a try if i have the opportunity.
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Old 08-17-2006, 04:35 PM   #6
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I used to wash this stuff off of myself when I was a kid detasseling corn in the Midwest. No thanks.
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Hey Allen, if you do go through with this idea, be prepared for some strange stares from the farmers and for the odd looking culinery treat. Farmers generally do not look kindly on corn smut.
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Old 08-17-2006, 07:07 PM   #8
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I have eaten it, off my own garden corn. It tasted mostly like corn, to me. I don't remember how I cooked it, but I guess I wasn't too impressed, because I only did it once.

If I ever see it again, I will give it another shot.
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http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/3000/3119.html


here's a photo of it. Not too pretty.
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Old 08-17-2006, 09:35 PM   #10
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Never say "NOT pretty" till you've tried it.
It is an acquired taste, I suppose. I had to eat it at least every day for a week whilst I was in Mexico to ensure myself that it was delicious.
Don't belittle the name, either. "Huitlacoche - Who-EET-la-co-ché" sounds far more exotic than corn smut.

After all, how many of you unrepentantly eat animal guts? Hmm? Chitlings? Eh?
What about " Lambs thingies? ", MM?? Rocky mountain oysters, indeed, harrumph...
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