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Huitlacoche ( Corn Smut)

Ustilago maydis


Corn smut (Ustilago maydis) is a pathogenic plant fungus that causes smut disease on maize and teosinte (Euchlena mexicana). The fungus forms galls on all above-ground parts of corn species, and is known in Mexico as huitlacoche; it is eaten, usually as a filling, in quesadillas and other tortilla-based foods, and soups.


Corn/ Maize

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LuisStevens 9 years ago

Glad to hear you like it Marta. When you come back I'll invite you some or if I go over there I'll take some cans.

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

uhmmmm..when I was in Yucatan I tried several dishes made with tastes awesome! I wish we could find it here in Europe!

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San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Spotted on Aug 25, 2013
Submitted on Oct 5, 2013

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