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Eat This Word: Huitlacoche

JBF Editors

JBF Editors

May 12, 2015


WHAT? Fancy fungus. A bulbous grey or black fungus that grows on ears of corn, huitlacoche used to be considered a nuisance by American farmers, who routinely destroyed crops "infected" with the blight and lobbied to make imports illegal. But in the late 1980s, chefs like Josephina Howard of NYC's Rosa Mexicano began promoting huitlacoche for its earthy, smoky flavor and its role in traditional Mexican cuisine. On September 12, 1989, Howard headlined a celebratory all-huitlacoche dinner at the James Beard House. Today, the delicacy is so savored that it is commonly referred to as the Mexican truffle.

WHO? The Pubbelly Boys 

WHEN? Tuesday, June 9, 2015

HOW? Huitlacoche Croquetas with Sweet Corn Aïoli