Corn Smut?

OBXMomJuly 27, 2012

I have never seen anything like this on corn before. I googled and came up with corn smut. Is this what this is? What causes it and will all my corn be infected. We have a very small garden and we've gotten infected ears off of each row. Should we just pull up all the corn?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

I really don't know but I would be inclined to pull it all up, chop and bag the plants and 'smut' into plastic.
What a shame, it looked like a nice ear of corn and a marvelous photograph.
Might be there's a forum on corn or corn disease/fungus here or directed through Google.
Sad for you, nothing's fresher than back yard corn.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 2:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

Forget what I posted.

Go look it up on Google. Corn smut sells for more that corn. Google sites say it has beneficial proteins and it is
routinely eaten in Mexico and other countries.
Don't pull up the plants. Read the news on 'corn smut'.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 2:37PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
trianglejohn

Corn Smut shows up in my garden every year. It's never on every ear, maybe one out of ten. I don't know at what stage you harvest it so I haven't tasted it but hear it taste just like mushrooms. I've been told that it isn't harbored in the soil, its in the corn seed or transmitted by insects going from infected plants to non-infected plants.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 10:59AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
aquadragonfly(7b NC)

Amazing it can be eaten huh?
I wonder at what stage it could be harvested too, I am not so sure I would be brave enough to eat it LOL. But I had read a awhile ago all about it an how it is eaten and yes more valuable then the corn, weird isn't it?

:) Aqua

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 1:34PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

If it's edible and beneficial and worth more than the food plant it grows on
SOMEBODY NEEDS TO GIVE IT A BETTER NAME!!!!!!!

Remember...Canola used to be Rapeseed.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 11:15AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
aquadragonfly(7b NC)

Wow Dottie, I did not know Canola was called rapeseed I do remember rapeseed oil now that you mentioned it but did not know they changed it to Canola...
Corn Smut is a horrible name for something that is edible but LOOK at it would you really want to eat it?
I BET John has read about HOW you prepare it to eat....lol.

:) Aqua

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 12:07AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
trianglejohn

When I've seen it at restaurants in Mexico it looked like purply bean soup but I hear that most people put it with scrambled eggs.

I've read peoples comments online saying it doesn't taste all that special so its never been at the top of my list to sample.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 9:45AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
aquadragonfly(7b NC)

SEE I KNEW you would know John! lol....

I still say YUCK, and double yuck to 'purply bean soup' I MIGHT would consider eating it in scrambled eggs but I don't know, I am not big on scrambled eggs either and I might not be able to lol.

:) Aqua

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 10:25AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

Rapeseed was/is a huge crop in Canada..now you know where the first three letters of Canola came from.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 10:56AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
aquadragonfly(7b NC)

Had not checked this in a few days, wow, Dottie you sure is one smart lady!

:) Aqua

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 11:23PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

I'm thinkin' that ,like Asia, countries south of our border little is wasted and if it doesn't sicken the eater then it is edible and thrown in the pot.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 1:21PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Farm lands in and around Wake County?
I am planning on buying 3 to 5 acres of farm land....
aaaaaaaa
No Prunus Mume Blooms
My young prunus mume (red) was all budded in January...
Claire Pickett
Agave victoria-reginae hardiness
Hi, Has anyone successfully grown these outside in...
seedmoney
Indoor planting?
Hi, Did anyone start indoor vegetable seeds sowing?...
aaaaaaaa
School flower project....mulch over clay?
My daughter has been looking forward to sowing seeds...
Carolinaflowerlover NC Zone 7b
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™