August 16, 2011 4:57 PM

Why do Mexicans love a fungus that ruins corn?

At this time of year, when corn grows high, some farmers go into their fields hoping that a disease has infected their crops. They inspect for swollen husks, a telltale sign that a parasitic fungus has spread into a spongy iridescent mass inside the ears. The farmers are pleased, for the fungus is one of the greatest delicacies of the Mexican kitchen.

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