Fungal Facts: Corn Smut

Unfortunately, the fungus, Ustilago maydis or corn smut, took over some of our corn production! This is an interesting fungus for many reasons. First, it just looks really cool-like popcorn or that Pops cereal (picture for reference). Secondly, it is eaten in authentic Mexican food! Yes! Corn smut is known as huitlacoche in Mexico and can be eaten cooked or fresh. It is used to add a nice mushroom flavor to foods such as quesadillas, soups, and tamales. Canned corn smut, also referred to as corn truffle, can be found at the grocery store and if you are interested in cooking with it, check out these recipes: Corn Smut Recipes. Info source: Rodale’s Organic Life

 

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