02.09.2011 03.Elul, 5771
Chosen Bites: Corn smut, which is produced when the fungus spores infect the corn plant is considered a delicacy in Mexico and by many chefs around the world.
Corn smut, Mexican Truffles, Fungus, blight…Call it what you will, huitlacoche is just plain delicious.
The fungus spores infect the corn plant much the same way a mushroom spore infects wood. Considered a pest by many farmers, hutilacoche can decrease the yield of crops and can lower the value of corn. In Mexico and by many chefs, huitlacoche is considered a delicacy and highly prized. This was the case this week when I went to my favorite market stall and found a special basket of infected corn with fungus lovers huddled around it, all trying to find the most “infected” corn. I scooped up the precious ears and carried it back to my kitchen at Spertus….
Huevos Rancheros con Huitlacoche
Spicy Green Mole