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NPR has a story on their website about corn smut. The fungus has been discussed here before, but it's been a while and I thought it worthwhile to post a link to the article. I've never heard of the stuff before, but it sounds delicious. There's a local producer here in Oregon that sells it for $20 a pound frozen; less than truffles, but still spendy.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/08/24/433232707/scourge-no-more-chefs-invite-corn-fungus-to-the-plate

 
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This is the first year that I caught corn smut at a young enough age to taste great... Once it turns black inside I don't find it pleasant to eat, but it's quite enjoyable when it's still gray inside.
 
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