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 firstname.lastname@example.org Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where my mycophagous urges are usually fulfilled by the grocery store varieties or the local morels.