…but it tastes like heaven.
Ladies and Gentlemen allow me to introduce you all to one of my favorite perks of living in Mexico and specifically Mexico City, Cuitlacoche (also spelled Huitlacoche).
Cuitlacoche, Corn Smut in english, is an edible fungus that grows on corn during periods of high humidity. The fungus spores penetrate the kernels and causes them to burst. The result is a blackish blue mushroomy/truffley mass.
Imagine a traditional truffle with a hint of corn, creamy, delicate and light all at once. Delicate enough in flavour that it is compromising yet also strong enough to stand on its own. This ingredient is heaven in cream soups, quesadillas, or even in the stuffing for the Christmas turkey. It’s versatile and delicious!
Getting it here in Mexico is not hard at all, but if you live far away, try sourcing it out on the internet.
Have you ever tried Cuitlacoche? What did you think? How did you prepare it?