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 (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"


  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...

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

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

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

  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.

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

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

  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. :)

  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?

  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.


    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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