Corn smut(Ustilago maydis), also known as Mexican truffles, corn truffles and raven scat is a fungus that grows on young maize. When the corn is in silk kernels become infected. They swell to golf-ball size galls and discolor. Loaded with soluble fiber, the amino acid lysine and the antioxidant anthocyanin, the moist young galls are collected two or three weeks after the corn becomes infected. If not harvested the galls will grow hard and spore-filled looking a smutty dark blue or black.
We eat these and put it on stuff in Mexico. It’s just like eating mushrooms or a mushroom sauce. I haven’t had it but a lot of people eat it and like it.
Ahí les habla Mictlantecuhtli, bilingües.
Today I realized I can’t erase all my problems, because they started 500 years ago, and I am an effect of them. My identity is an effect of colonization, combined with my genetics and attitude to how I was raised.
I’m sick of the stereotypes, and ignorant portrayal of my culture. Even the least obvious things are stereotyped, and it’s all a big mess. I’m made of stereotypes and patterns to which “I must comform.” I’m not going to follow this stupid self-fulfilling prophecy. I need to embrace my culture more and avoid outside influences. I’m stuck in the middle, and outside influences are entering my life and forming some fucked up, mutt identity. I already have two cultures I grew up with and have to deal with, a third just complicates everything.
Fuck, I would be a great Anthropology major.