Very odd find in an ear of corn...

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  1. Mike in Pa

    Mike in Pa Well-Known Member

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    Maybe someone here has seen this but being a bit of a rookie at growing corn it's a new one for me. In the husk of an ear of corn was this styrofoam-like stuff growing - inplace of the ear of corn. It looked almost like the foam "peanuts" used for packing and it felt just like it too but it was gray. This stuff pushed the husk apart, that's how I found it. It was on Lancaster Sure Crop field corn.

    Anyone seen this before?
     
  2. Terri

    Terri Singletree & Weight Loss & Permaculture Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    I have seen this in wet years. It is a type of mushroom or fungus. I always just cut off the wierd area and ate the rest of the ear. It is not supposed to be harmfull.
     

  3. Mike in Pa

    Mike in Pa Well-Known Member

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    Huh. Well definately a wet year! This must have been a "superfungus" because it is totally in place of the ear of corn in this one. Awfully weird texture too ... like I said just like styrofoam. I should have thought of that though. Seemed like some kind of genetic mutation though ... darned Monstanto :D
     
  4. agmantoo

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    Mike, what you see is rather common here in the muggy south. Just a side note, the Japanese value the stuff as a gourmet food. Last I heard it goes for about $14 per lb.
     
  5. heelpin

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    It could be the very toxic fungus Afflotoxin.
     
  6. beaglady

    beaglady Well-Known Member

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    No, aflatoxin comes from peanuts.

    This stuff is corn smut, an edible fungus. In Mexico, its called huitlacoche, or 'mexican truffles' and is considered a delicacy. We tried making quesadillas with it - not bad but not overwhelmingly delicious either.
     
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    I have also heard of people eating corn smut but, I don't think I care to!

    I think corn can carry mycotoxins that can cause problems for horses.
     
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    Consequences of high

    concentrations of aflatoxin in corn

    Aflatoxins are very potent compounds that

    cause a variety of human and animal health

    problems. On rare occasions, livestock can die

    from ingesting aflatoxin-contaminated feed. Most

    commonly, aflatoxin reduces

    the feed efficiency and

    reproductivity of livestock. It

    can suppress the immune

    system of animals, leading to

    more frequent occurrence of

    infectious diseases.

    Unfortunately, the most

    abundant aflatoxin, aflatoxin

    B1, is a carcinogen. This raises

    human health concerns

    because aflatoxin can appear

    in the milk of dairy cows fed

    contaminated corn.
     
  9. Mike in Pa

    Mike in Pa Well-Known Member

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    No offense but I think delicacy or not ... I ain't trying it! Thanks a lot ofr the responses. Pretty cool none-the-less.
     
  10. SteveD(TX)

    SteveD(TX) Well-Known Member

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    WARNING!! If it's considered to be a Japanese delicacy, definitely do NOT eat that stuff. Ever heard of Fugu? Poisonous blowfish they eat. Numerous deaths each year attributed to fugu. And tastes horrible, so I've heard. The Japanese eat stuff my dog wouldn't even sniff.
     
  11. jillianjiggs

    jillianjiggs Well-Known Member

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    From what I understand, it causes a numbing sensation, not unlike novocaine in the mouth and the dulling effect of narcotics.
     
  12. mary,tx

    mary,tx Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I've also had it show up in ears of corn, and think it is rather disgusting looking. No, I wouldn't be eating an ear with any of it in it.
    mary
     
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    I take it that you guys would not eat beef tongue but would not hesitate to eat an egg? Just joking :)
     
  14. retired03

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    Anyone have a recipe for corn smut as a delicacy?