from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bulbous black fungus (Ustilago maydis) that infects corn, producing silvery, swollen, pebblelike kernels. The kernels have a smoky-sweet flavor and are sometimes harvested and used in a variety of Mexican dishes. Also called corn smut, maize mushroom, Mexican truffle.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

American Spanish, from Nahuatl quitlacochtli : quitlatl, dung + cochtli, asleep.


  • Besides discussing foraging, the book is a lavishly illustrated tour of cutting-edge wild cuisines, from Mateo's roasted veal chop with morel and cacao sauce to a cuitlacoche and squash blossom quesadilla, using the corn smut that Mexican cuisine honors and Midwestern farmers abhor.

    Food foragers find fun and cash amid the wild fungi

  • The name huitlacoche (also cuitlacoche) comes from two indigenous words: cuitlatl (excrement) and cochi (sleeping).

    Corn Smut Delicacy Huitlacoche Is Good For You

  • We also touched on cuitlacoche, but that's for another time.

    Setas y Hongos

  • After living here since the end of September, 2005, I am at last ready to cook with some cuitlacoche.

    Cooking with Common SMUT!!

  • There are basic recipes for preparing cuitlacoche, as well as weird stuff, like ice cream!

    Cooking with Common SMUT!!

  • The restaurant next to the gallery is El Fortin, and the food is fabulous .... the sopa de cuitlacoche, with sherry, is divine.

    San Sebastian del Oeste et al

  • They thought I was nuts asking for field corn, but you should have seen the look on their faces when I asked them for cuitlacoche!

    Not Sweet Corn

  • I always wondered that about cuitlacoche, the black mushroom that grows on corn.

    Mushroom Bisque


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