cuitlacoche


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cuitlacoche

(kwēt′lä-kō′chā) also

huitlacoche

(wēt′-)
n.
A fungus (Ustilago maydis) that infects corn, producing silvery, swollen growths that take the place of kernels. The growths have a smoky-sweet flavor and are sometimes harvested and used in Mexican cooking. Also called corn smut, Mexican truffle.
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However, it's a delicacy called cuitlacoche (kweet-la-COH-chay) in Mexico, where it's used as a filling for crepes, omelettes and puddings, and in soups and sauces.