Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wonderous Words Wednesday (Edible Version)

Corn Smut.

Sounds like some kind of farm porn or something - right?

Wonderous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme at bermudaonion.net. (See button below.) Each week, we talk about a new word that we have come across in our reading and what it means.

I finished "The Heirloom Life Gardener" at the end of last week. And, then I read "The Bonesetter's Daughter" at the beginning of this week. I decided to go with the gardening book for today because of the oh-so-dramatic pictures :) OK, so you have probably surmised that corn smut was mentioned in the gardening book and that it is what is shown in the picture. It is a fungal infection that corn gets (oh my!) and is considered a delicacy in some countries (OH MY!).
The gardening book also mentioned "cassabanana."

Our gardening hero found these in Mexico. And, I found a wonderful Spanish blog where I got these pictures. Here is his incredible cassabanana flan masterpiece (if you click on his website there are step-by-step directions with GREAT pictures!):
Here's a pic of cassabananas that I found on Wiki"

38 comments:

  1. Very interesting post, Libby. I must admit that the corn smut does not look at all appetising, so I will forego tasting that delicacy...

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  2. Those are both new to me. That corn smut looks rather disgusting to me.

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  3. Never have seen corn look that way. Yucky. The flan is beautiful.

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  4. I agree, corn smut sounds better than it looks. Cassabananas do look intriguing on the other hand, and that flan looks fabulous.

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  5. I have heard of corn smut, but I have never seen it on a menu anywhere. I think I would be tempted to try it, just out of curiosity.

    My words are here.

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  6. I've heard of corn smut, but haven't tried it. Cassabananas are completely new to me.

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  7. Twp good words today. I knew corn smut from personal gardening experience. Cassabananas are completely new and looi delicious.

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  8. Ew! I just signed up to follow you cuz I can't get enough of that corn smut. What countries consider it a delicacy? ... I want to book a trip right away. :)

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  9. And, you are going to....beautiful...Guatamala! The book is "The Heirloom Life Gardener," and our hero is traveling around buying seeds for his non-GMO seed company. There is a review on my blog.

    So, THANKS(!) for being my follower :) I will have to find MORE SMUT and deformed veggies to share with my massive throng of fans!!

    When I hit 1,000 followers should I do a Youtube video of myself eating smut?

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  10. Hi Libby,

    I have never come across either of your words before.

    The corn smut looks positively disgusting, although like many things, if it was actually prepared and presented on a plate, I would probably taste it and possibly enjoy it, if I didn't know where it came from.

    The Cassabanana on the other hand, sounds and looks delicious, but then I love melon, although water-melon is possibly my least favourite of the varieties.

    I am not a great gardener, so this probably isn't a book that I would ever decide to read, but it certainly contains some interesting stuff.

    Yvonne

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    1. I never thought about it being cut off the cob and prepared on a plate -- a person might try it without seeing how awful it looked on the cob -- although that GREY color is not yummy looking! Thanks for the thoughtful comments!

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