Gardening weirdness

All the beans were pulled up yesterday, and all the corn. A couple of tomatoes.

Some of the corn was monstrous. I won’t be eating that.

I’ve been noticing weirdness in the past couple of years, with carrots, with corn, with squarrrsh. I’ve never seen such weirdness in my life.


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3 responses to “Gardening weirdness

  1. Sandra

    You have some “corn smut” It is a plant disease caused by the pathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis. Some folks actually will eat it. When corn smut grows on a corn cob, it changes the nutritional worth of the corn it affects. Corn smut contains much more protein than regular corn does. The amino acid lysine, of which corn contains very little, abounds in corn smut.

    “Corn smut is a plant disease caused by the pathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis that causes smut on maize and teosinte. The fungus forms galls on all above-ground parts of corn species. It is edible, and is known in Mexico as the delicacy huitlacoche; which is eaten, usually as a filling, in quesadillas and other tortilla-based foods, and in soups.”

    Ustilago maydis in Index Fungorum
    “Common smut of corn”. American Phytopathological Society. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
    “Ustilago maydis (DC.) Corda”. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
    Vegetables, Revised: The Most Authoritative Guide to Buying, Preparing, and Cooking, with More than 300 Recipes (Google eBook) Page 184, by James Peterson, Random House LLC, Mar 27, 2012 Accessed October 24, 2013 via Google Books

    (From Wikipedia, often times useful. A few times totally correct until trolls come around.)

    • Father George David Byers

      Wow. So unexpected. Great. Thank you.

      • sanfelipe007

        Re: huitlacoche
        Well, I was going to quip, “triffids! But…
        That stuff could be a gold mine Father! I’ve eaten “h” in fancy schmancy restaurants. “When life gives you fungus, make truffles!”

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