Icky, weird growth on corn

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  1. Pony

    Pony Well-Known Member Supporter

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    When we were up at The Farm this weekend, meandering through the in-law's corn patch, DH noticed some very strange growth-like things on some of the corn stalks.

    These looked like alien pods or something: roundish in shape; about half the size of an adult fist; looked like they were made up of longish, cylindrical cells; had some black dust-like stuff inside it.

    I'm sure this is really obvious to someone else...

    Thanks,
    Pony!
     
  2. mammabooh

    mammabooh Metal melter Supporter

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    I believe that is called Corn Smut.
     

  3. Meg Z

    Meg Z winding down

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    That fungus, which is, as Mammabooh said, called corn smut, is grown as a delicacy in many places, but I haven't a clue how to prepare it.
     
  4. Pony

    Pony Well-Known Member Supporter

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    So THAT'S corn smut...

    Delicacy? :eek:

    Just the sight of it makes me feel all queasy and oogy...

    Guess it would be a good idea to burn those stalks, eh? And plant something else there next year.

    What in the world causes that?

    The corn we did get from the planting was tasty, but the raccoons (little thieves!) ate all the low-growing ears. I cannot wait for raccoon season so we can make the little blighters pay us back a bit!

    Thanks for the info!

    Pony!
     
  5. Barb

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    Corn Smut may be a delicacy in some places but it will ruin the corn. You have the right idea - BURN IT!

    That pollen inside is what spreads it so don't break it open. Next year burn anything that has smut started on it right away. You can control it that way.

    You should move corn anyway because it uses so much nitrogen.
     
  6. Pony

    Pony Well-Known Member Supporter

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    OMG!!!

    Terre, that is unreal!!!

    I can't believe it!!!

    It's like a train wreck: You know you're not supposed to look, but... ;)

    I forwarded the links to my DH, MIL, and FIL. <shudder>

    Thanks for looking it up!

    Pony!
     
  7. texastami

    texastami Zone 7B Supporter

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    EWWWWWWW!!!! Train wreck is right Pony!! Just reading it made me nauseaous - then looking at the pics.... oh man!!!

    I understand people eat alot of "strange" things, but that was just icky!!
     
  8. spring77

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    Smut is not really that big of a deal. It is usually worse on sweetcorn than other types of corn. It is a delicacy in Mexico and lots of Indian tribes used to love it as well. They picked it when it was still young, before the black spores started to form. I've never heard of smut getting bad enough to do much damage to the yield of corn. It can suck all the energy out of the plant so it doesn't form a good ear or form where the ear is supposed to. I think its kind of cool myself.
     
  9. Pony

    Pony Well-Known Member Supporter

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    <Pony passes her plate of Cuitlacoche, aka Canned Smut, to Spring77>

    Here. You can have mine.

    Really. It's alright with me. I'm happy to share. ;)

    Pony!
     
  10. woodspirit

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    yeah they banned all the good smutty places around Rochester. Dam shame.
     
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    Slice it,dredge in flour,season and fry in butter like you would a puffball.
     
  12. Pony

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    I think Spring77 would like to join you for a bite of that deep-fried puffball.

    Me, I'm uh... I'm cutting down on fried foods. Yeah, that's it! ;)

    Pony!
     
  13. Pony

    Pony Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If you want to see more, I highly recommend clicking on the link for more of "Steve, Don't Eat That!"

    It's a little vulgar, certainly tasteless, but we laughed at a lot of it!

    Pony!