Jim McKenney
Thu, 12 Aug 2004 13:34:38 PDT
At 08:04 AM 8/12/2004 -0400, Judy Glattstein wrote:

>but also corn smut, huitlacoche, on two ears of my neighbor's
>corn. An Inca delicacy that we also enjoyed eating

Judy, I don't believe you! First you get to taste oca before I do, and now
you get huitlacoche. I fruitlessly badgered (how's that for nicely mixed
metaphors?) a Mexican friend for years to have some sent from home for me.
I can't imagine the USDA allowing the fresh product into the country, but I
understand it's available canned. 

What is it like? Is it mushroom-y? Mild? Strong? 

I really want to try it. Am I to be reduced to lurking around farmyard
dumpsters looking for corn smut discards? 

"Jim, where have you been all day?" 

"Going through dumpsters looking for smut."

Am I in trouble?

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where my mycophagous urges
are usually fulfilled by the grocery store varieties or the local morels. 

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