In New York, I can't find fresh huitlacoche
anywhere, and the canned stuff is pretty awful: musty and mushy, and too slick and black. A friend told me about Endotzi, a small company based in Mexico that recently started exporting to the U.S. So far you can only find it online in one place, Old Mexico Gourmet
, but it's worth ordering. The kernels -- which you can actually distinguish one by one, unlike the messy black canned stuff -- are plump and flavorful, and a purplish-blue color like they're supposed to be. A few months ago I sautéed some with a little American corn and serrano chile, and spooned it into a quesadilla
. The taste brought me right back to Mexico. I'm hoping more stores in New York will stock it. In the meantime, I will definitely be ordering more, particularly as gifts for my Mexican foodie friends.