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What Is Huitlacoche? What Does It Taste Like?

What is huitlacoche?

Corn smut is a plant fungus caused by Ustilago maydis. While most farmers would consider this fungal disease an infection worthy of eradication, corn smut is considered a delicacy in Mexico, more commonly referred to as "huitlacoche." If you're left wondering: well, is huitlacoche safe to eat? Yes! The fungus is considered a maize mushroom or type of edible mushroom. You might even hear it referred to as cuitlacoche, corn truffles, Mexican truffles, maizteca mushrooms, corn mushrooms, & bunch of other terms.

What does huitlacoche smell like, taste like, look like?

I first tried huitlacoche back in 2016; I even mentioned it in my July A - Z monthly recap & my July Favorites. My boyfriend's mom made a batch. I ate it by itself, as a side. It's earthy but not as stinky as mushrooms. It tastes like corn. The texture is a bit mushy, just like cooked corn. There might be an occasional fiber from the corn. It looks dark, like a blackish, brownish color, kind of the same color as a crimini mushroom or Portobello mushroom.

How do you eat huitlacoche?

I loooove quesadillas de huitlacoche. Delicious. If quesadillas aren't your thing, you can add huitlacoche to your soup or burrito. You can make a huitlacoche taco or sope. Basically, you can add huitlacoche as a filler or side, the same way you'd integrate something like black beans or mushrooms. 

What's the nutritional value of huitlacoche?

High Protein
Huitlacoche is higher in protein than most maize or corn, & could be considered as an alternative protein source for vegetarians (or anyone), according to a research study published in Food Science and Technology (Sociedade Brasileira de Ciência e Tecnologia de Alimentos).

High in Minerals like Magnesium & Phosphorus
The study also shows that huitlacoche is high in minerals magnesium & phosphorus. Higher magnesium intake may reduce the risk of stroke, diabetes, & osteoporosis (National Institutes of Health). So load up on that huitlacoche!

High in Fatty Acids like Oleic Acid & Linoleic Acid
Huitlacoche is high in fatty acids like oleic acid & linoleic acid. Due to the plant fungus & how it alters the corn, huitlacoche is loaded with nutrients corn doesn't normally have, such as lysine, an amino acid.

High Carbohydrate
At the end of the day, huitlacoche is still corn, so it has a high carbohydrate content. The great news is that huitlacoche has a high cellulose content (a type of carbohydrate), which can be beneficial for digestion. Sounds like a win to me!

Low Fat 
Huitlacoche is low in fat, which makes it a great choice for anyone looking for lower calorie & lower fat foods.

So tell me, would you try huitlacoche or quesadillas de huitlacoche? Have you? How do you like to eat it? Leave a comment below if you have any questions! :]

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What is Huitlacoche? What Does It Taste Like?

What is Huitlacoche? What Does It Taste Like?


  1. I've never heard of this before! Might have to give it a try!

  2. Never heard of this, but it sounds super nutritious. Will give this a try if given a chance. Thanks dear!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  3. I've never heard of huitlacoche and TBH if I saw it I wouldn't think for a minute that it was edible, haha. What an enlightening post, thank you for sharing :)

    Lisa | www.lisasnotebook.com

  4. I hadn't heard of it either until my boyfriend's mom made it a couple years back. It's a delicacy & worth trying at least once in a lifetime. :]

  5. Totally! It's a delicacy not available everywhere, but worth trying at least once. :]

  6. I'd recommend trying it at least one time! It's a delicacy & cool to learn about different cultures. :]

  7. This is the first time I am hearing about huitlacoche, thanks for the informative post!



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