crazy corn problem

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  1. ozarkin'it

    ozarkin'it Well-Known Member

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    Here's one for you corn veterans to answer for me. I saw my corn moving today, and discovered the squirrels are stealing it. Upon my discovery I found something disturbing. Some of my partially developed corns had exploded at the top. It looked like (bear with me) like giant sperms in a large group were swimming into the corn cob. They looked like they were made of styrafoam, like the packing peanuts?, and when I opened one it was squishy and black in the middle. No bugs, no odor. Can someone shep some light here? The corn is in zone 5.
     
  2. katydidagain

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    Smut, I believe.

    katy
     

  3. margo

    margo Well-Known Member

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    Smut....pull the whole stalk and burn it at a distance from the garden. It spreads thru the corn from year to year, as I understand it. Anyone else have info on this?
     
  4. pumpkinlady

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    Sounds like smut. Never had a problem with it spreading thru our fields. The gross thing about it is that people actually eat it! YUK!! :eek:
     
  5. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Some varieties of corn are more pron to having smut on the ears than others. I understand that in some central American countries the corn is prefered that has a lot of smut because it is eaten just as the morel mushrooms are up here.
     
  6. ozarkin'it

    ozarkin'it Well-Known Member

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    so where would it have came from? diseased seed? its on a quarter acre in a privacy fenced yard in indianapolis. all other veges are doing fine. will it affect the food it is planted next to?
     
  7. fin29

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    Wonder if someone's cultivating it near you-smut's a delicacy in the Latino culture as unk. mentioned, and maybe there's a farm nearby catering to it.
     
  8. fin29

    fin29 Well-Known Member

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    Here's a nice recipe for you... :haha:
    http://cocinamexicana.com.mx/ingles/menu/typical_food/16.html

    QUESADILLAS DE HUITLACOCHE

    Ingredients:
    1 kg (2.2 lbs.) of huitlacoche (corn smut galls)
    8 fresh tortillas
    14 cloves of garlic diced
    serrano chili, as desired
    1 onion, diced
    oil
    salt


    Procedure:
    Wash the huitlacoches well.
    Toast and dice the serrano chilis

    Fry the onion and garlic. Add the huitlacoche, chili, the epazote and salt and cover the pan. Leave on high heat until the huitlacoches are well cooked.

    Fill the tortillas, and fold them to form quesadillas with a handful of quesa fresca cheese. Cook on both sides.
     
  9. ozarkin'it

    ozarkin'it Well-Known Member

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    for God sakes thats just nasty, and in this area there are a high population of Latinos.
     
  10. katydidagain

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    Make lemonade out of your lemons. Sell it! :haha:

    katy
     
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    ckncrazy Well-Known Member

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    I can picture it now, A sign by the road. SMUT for sale. Youll have dirty old men lined up down the road! :haha: :haha:

    JAKE
     
  12. dot

    dot Well-Known Member

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    First time I saw a smutty ear I was so shocked and it looked so horrible that I screamed and threw it! :haha:
     
  13. fin29

    fin29 Well-Known Member

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    They say it tastes like mushrooms. Unless it tastes like chicken, I want no part of it... :haha:

    I dare you to try it. Make that a double dog dare. Fry it up in a little butter and garlic. C'mon, you know you want to! Report back here.
     
  14. ozarkin'it

    ozarkin'it Well-Known Member

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    you are dreamin baby, I aint eatin that. Even the squirrels avoided the smut ears. So, nobody answered the question, will it hurt my other food planted nearby? -- make them smutty too?
     
  15. katydidagain

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    It's been 25 years since I've had smutty corn but I don't recall it contaminating anything without ears...(lettuce, tomatoes, beans, etc.) :)

    katy
     
  16. Cyngbaeld

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    Dot, :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:
     
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    Ok, I'll bite. We are adventurous eaters, so why not. For supper last night, we made it into quesadillas, sauteed with roasted onions, jalapenos & garlic, and homemade garlic cheese on corn tortillas. Texture was about the same as mushrooms, flavor a bit milder. Not bad, but certainly not with the intensity of flavor I was expecting after hearing them described as 'Mexican truffles'. DS went for a second helping.