massive smut

i’ve haven’t bothered to plant corn in years, it’s just too much of a pain, between corn ear worm and squirrels, it’s hard to get an ear for yourself.  but homegrown corn is in a category of its own, almost worth all the work for the chance that you just might get a bite of tasty corn.

while i don’t have the willingness to grow it, the youth in the neighborhood are not nearly so jaded as i, and decided to grow some in their garden.   kad – their guide in gardening wanted some advice in when to harvest the corn, and so we spent some time inspecting the corn.  what we found were some lovely ears of corn, a bit small, but extremely tasty, and some smut.

dirty smut!

i was much more excited than anyone else about the smut – they seemed a bit sceptical that it was even edible.  seeing as it was the first day of work for our new americorps volunteer rachel, i was sure she wouldn’t turn it down wanting to make a good impression, and sure enough she popped one in her mouth quite quickly.   kad on the other hand, having been a victim of my unusual taste in food was a bit more reserved, but he ended up eating some to.  the smut in the picture is too big, you really want the small stuff, before the center turns into nothing but black spores.

smut is a delicacy in some cultures, especially those of mexico, and it’s for that reason that i feel the need to eat the smut.   people whose entire life is centered around  corn, find a positive position for smut,  that which attacks the food that is their staff of life – instead of cursing it.  maybe the phase should be the when life gives you corn smut, make tamales, instead of when life gives you lemons make lemonade.  i think we could learn a lot from the mexican position on smut.

perhaps most surprising is just how good corn smut is for you.

i find corn smut to be much more mild tasting than it’s rather vulgar looks would imply.  it has a definite earthly mushroom taste, and a fresh corn flavor at the same time.  i don’t necessarily find it something to seek out, but i guess i can see why some would seek it out.  and the more i write about it the more i would like to taste it properly prepared.

any ideas of where to try it?

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4 responses to “massive smut

  1. At a restaurant in Puerto Vallarta a couple of years ago, Sarah’s mom had this chicken dish stuffed with smut. Even though I don’t eat chicken, I of course tried it and it was absolutely magnificent. But in the manner of truffles and dark chocolate, it seemed the kind of dish to be best enjoyed in moderation. So my answer is: Mexico!

  2. i figured someone would recommend going to mexico – which doesn’t really seem all that helpful, but i do have a standing invite to go to baja in mexico – so maybe i’ll go that route.

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