I'm toying with the idea of planting corn in my backyard, then infecting it with the fungus Ustilago maydis. If all goes well, the kernels will be coated with a greenish-white covering, then turn silver-gray before rupturing to reveal huitlacoche, a black corn fungus that is a delicacy in Mexican cooking. Huitlacoche (pronounced "wheet-lah-KOH-chay") has the texture of mushrooms and a taste that Diana... More >>>