corn smut


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a smut species that resembles ergot of rye in its metabolic action; its black spores on the ears of corn are dispersed by wind and can cause contamination of laboratory cultures.

corn smut

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Corn smut is "perfectly delicious, with an inky, mushroomy flavor that is almost impossible to describe," she writes in The Cuisines of Mexico.
Revered in Mexico as a delicacy, blobs of corn smut actually are edible and will resemble mushrooms when cooked.
Most popular dish he makes: Grilled Steak With Spicy Guajillo Chile Sauce and Red Onions; also Crepes of Huitlacoche, a mysterious-looking ``mushroom'' that grows right out of the ear of corn, often referred to as corn smut.