Jump to content

Huitlacoche


zoramargolis
 Share

Recommended Posts

PS -- anybody else got any huitlacoche connections?

For a few summers, I was occasionally able to get fresh ears of corn infected with corn smut, from Moie Crawford of New Morning Farm. Alas, there hasn't been any for several years. She no longer has much contact with the workers who pick the corn, so she can't let them know that they shouldn't destroy those ears, if they find them. One of her long-time market helpers still calls me "The Smut Lady."

I think that most of the huitlacoche that is served locally is frozen or canned. I had some fresh at a Mexican restaurant in Santa Monica a few weeks ago, and that place apparently has a source in Mexico that they get it from--Lula's on Main Street in Ocean Park.

The stuff that comes in cans under the Goya label is actually quite good--it hasn't been overly processed prior to getting put in the cans, so when you cook it with onion and chile, it is very close to what you get when you start with fresh huitlacoche. If you have a hankering for it, you can find it at Rodman's.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Oyamel is the only place where he could have eaten tacos de huitlacoche, and Joe Raffa is much too meticulous to serve tainted food.

Not necessarily. Doesn't the stuff come frozen or in cans? Besides, the sick comedian says he'd
...stick with the enchiladas and tortillas
when he returns to the same restaurant. Enchiladas at Oyamel?

As for the timing, a number of food boards have addressed this sort of thing and general consensus is that food-related illnesses do, indeed, take time to develop. Phobia? :( Flu?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Is there a special way that the corn must be prepped to avoid is making you sick?

This question suggests an assumption that huitlacoche will make you sick. As a rule, it isn't eaten raw, but not because it is toxic. It is generally sauteed with onion and chile. Any food can make you sick if it has somehow been contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, or has spoiled.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

This question suggests an assumption that huitlacoche will make you sick. As a rule, it isn't eaten raw, but not because it is toxic. It is generally sauteed with onion and chile. Any food can make you sick if it has somehow been contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, or has spoiled.

Actually, although it's mold, I never thought that it could make you sick in and of itself (although one may infer this in the WP article). Of course with improper handling, canning etc, anything can. Nothing too mysterious about it apparently.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...