Our next journey takes us to Mexico, where we will delve into the language of food delicacies. In Mexico, the word for "yummy" is "Cuitlacoche" (kweet-lah-KOH-chay).
It's infected corn.
Since the time of the Aztecs, the fungus Ustilago maydis, also known as corn smut, maize mushroom, or huitlacoche, has infected and transformed perfectly normal corn into this:
That's right. They meant to do that. The Sneeze described opening a can of Cuitlacoche and tasting it:
In just a single serving, you'll experience a wide array of textures. Without getting too gross, it's because the disease is more advanced in some kernels than others. One bite might be kinda chewy, while the next might burst in your mouth like a black pus-filled blister.Sound good?
When's the last time you ate something that looked like that? On purpose? Be honest, because I don't think that putting frogs in blenders is a common practice these days.
The large, bulbous things that look like frog eyes are corn kernels that have swollen to enormous size from fungal spores inside.
Enthusiasts report the taste of cuitlacoche to be a smoky-sweet mixture of corn and mushrooms. Not sure if I'd want to find out.
Right now, the only fungi I eat are mushrooms, beer, and bread. That's right. Beer and bread contain fungi.
Yep. Yeast. Yeasts are unicellular fungi, and certain types are some of my best friends.
I'm just not sure if I understand the language of maize mushroom. Has anyone tried it before? Can you help me translate?