Jim McKenney
Thu, 12 Aug 2004 08:39:07 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

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. 

>The title of this book is "The Little Bulbs: A Tale of Two Gardens" and it
>is about Elizabeth Lawrence and her friend Mr. Krippendorf who had a huge
>woodland garden in Ohio called Lob's Woods. A lovely, informative book that
>is delightful to read. Miss Lawrence also wrote a pamphlet for the Ohio
>Nature Conservancy that now administers Mr. Krippendorf's  estate, titled
>"Lob's Woods."
>Another great book is "Flowers in the Winter garden" by M.M. Graff. Dicky
>Graff gardened in New York - it was either Westchester County or somewhere
>on Long Island. A large part of the book is devoted to bulbs. Dicky is very
>elderly, in poor health, and now lives in Brooklyn. One of the most
>opinionated people I have ever corresponded with, with very firm convictions
>and a keen eye for detail, gifted with getting the words that describe the
>bulbs together.
>Both of these books were seminal in my journey down the garden path. Though
>there have been revisions to the names of the bulbs I have no hesitation
>whatsoever in recommending both of these books as pleasant and informative.
>Judy in New Jersey, where the wet weather not only has brought the
>chanterelle mushrooms to growing in the woods, as egg yolk golden as certain
>daffodils, but also corn smut, huitlacoche, on two ears of my neighbor's
>corn. An Inca delicacy that we also enjoyed eating/
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