I had never even heard the word. But then I had the stuff for breakfast. Huitlacoche, also spelled cuitlacoche. Few people in the USA…at least few I’ve asked…know of huitlacoche. When I tell people it’s called corn smut or corn fungus, they tend to recoil. When I describe it, they recoil further. When I show them photos online, they bolt.
But back to my introduction to huitlacoche. My wife and I were visiting my brother and sister-in-law who live in Mexico when, one morning, we enjoyed a home-cooked breakfast that included huitlacoche served with scrambled eggs. It was outstanding! Since then, I’ve tried to find the stuff at stores in the US with no success. The only time I’ve had it since eating it in Mexico was when I used ( from cans my brother and sister-in-law brought to us on a visit) it in dishes I made at home. In Mexico, it is considered a delicacy, and well it should be. Why not here? Why not with breakfast, this morning?