Huitlacoche Soup

Preparation info

  • Serves

    4 to 6

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

A Canon of Vegetables

A Canon of Vegetables

By Raymond Sokolov

Published 2007

  • About

Long before the disruptive arrival of Cortes in 1519, Aztecs and other indigenous peoples dealt creatively with the limited larder of pre–Hispanic Mexico. The insects and the pond scum that rounded out their diet are curiosities now, but huitlacoche, * aka corn smut, is a treasured delicacy throughout the world.

Well, not everywhere. Although this black fungus colonizes ears of corn as far away from the Valley of Mexico as Iowa, American