CUITLACOCHE ( CORN SMUT ) - Gluten Free

Cuitlachoche Corn Smut
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CUITLACOCHE ( CORN SMUT ) - Gluten Free

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Description:

Cuitlacoche (wheet-lah-KOH-chay) or Huitlacoche, is also known by the names Corn Smut and Maize Mushroom. Cuitlacoche is actually a corn fungus (Ustilago Maydis) that produces large, distorted growths with blue-black spores analogous to mushrooms. Affected kernels swell to 10 times their normal size. Most U.S. farmers consider it a nuisance and destroy the afflicted ears of corn yet historically the Aztecs are said to have prized Cuitlacoche as a savory delicacy. The Zuni Indians call Cuitlacoche "corn-soot" and say it symbolizes the "generation of life". Cuitlacoche has a delicious woody and earthy 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. Cuitlacoche is also savory when cooked with garlic and chiles and used in crepes, quesadillas or tacos.

Ingredient Statement:

Cuitlachoche, Corn, Onion, Vegetable Oil, Water, Iodized Salt, Citric Acid.

Use anyplace that you would use mushrooms for a sweet, earthy flavor reminiscent of corn and mushrooms. Saute with your favorite chile, onions, garlic, vegetables or meat. Use Cuitlacoche to enhance your soups, casseroles and pilafs. Corn Fungus tamales, chiles rellenos con pollo y Cuitlacoche, Cuitlacoche butter, and stuffed avocados are just a few recipes using this unusual fungus.

Recommended Preparation Instructions:

Cuitlachoche is used in a variety of dishes including sautés, soups, casseroles – in general, any preparation where cooked mushrooms would be appropriate.

Product Description

Cuitlachoche 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 Cuitlachoche (in Nahuatl, Cuitlatl means excrement, Cochi means Black). Enthusiasts say that Cuitlachoche has a smoky-sweet flavor that is a cross between that of Corn and Mushroom.

Physical

Color: Light to dark blackish gray.

Flavor: Smokey, sweet flavor, cross between corn and mushrooms.

Size: Random.

Chemical

Moisture: N/A

Sulfites: N/A

Heat Level: N/A

Ingredient Statement:

Cuitlachoche, Corn, Onion, Vegetable Oil, Water, Iodized Salt, Citric Acid.

Allergen Statement

None.

Packaging & Storage

Shelf Life: 8-12 months (under optimum storage conditions). Otherwise 30-45 Days.

Packaging: 7 oz. can.

Storage Conditions: Store in a dry, cool place.

About Nutritional Information

Chieftain Wild Rice Company gathers nutritional information from highly regarded sources. Nutritional analysis can vary due to growing conditions, frequency of testing, and other factors.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 100g (uncooked) 
Amount Per Serving
Calories 10 Calories from Fat 54
  % Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 0g 0%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate1 g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g  
Protein 0g  
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%
Iron 6%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.