Also known as corn mushroom, corn smut or Mexican truffle. It is a fungus, which randomly grows on organic corn (not sprayed with any fungicide). Huitlacoche is packed full of this important amino acid that the body requires but cannot manufacture. It also contains more cholesterol reducing beta-glucens than oatmeal, and more protein than most of the mushroom family. You can use huitlacoche wherever you might use a mushroom. The flavor is smoky and earthy, with a taste like mushrooms mixed with corn.