Cuitlacoche (wheet-lah-KOH-chay) also called Corn Fungus, Maize Mushroom, this gourmet rage is actually a Bulbous Fungus (technically known as Ustilago Maydis) that attacks ears of corn and makes the kernels swell to 10 times their normal size. The Corn's color turns an ugly medium-to dark-gray verging on black. Although most U.S. farmers consider it a plague and destroy infected ears, the Aztecs are said to have prized Cuitlacoche (in Nahuatl, Cuitlatl means excrement, Cochi means Black). Enthusiasts say that Cuitlacoche has a smoky-sweet flavor that is a cross between that of Corn and Mushroom. Cuitlacoche is currently being cultivated in limited quantities in California, Florida, Georgia and Virginia.

Suggested Use:
Cuitlacoche is sold canned and frozen in some gourmet markets. It can occasionally be found in specialty produce and farmer's markets (during corn season) and can also be purchased by mail order. Cuitlacoche is used in a variety of dishes including sauts, soups, casseroles - in general, any preparation where cooked mushrooms would be appropriate.

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  • Model: M51A
  • Shipping Weight: 1lbs
  • 2 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: D'allasandro

This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 08 May, 2008.

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